Rim Fire Growth Slows, Containment Date Forecasted

Growth of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park has begun to slow. Fire officials expect for this massive fire to be completely contained by Friday, September 20. Since yesterday, the fire has grown by just 5,000 acres. By contrast, […]

Rim Fire Time Lapse Video

Rim Fire Time Lapse, August 2013 Time-lapse photography shows various perspectives of the 2013 Rim Fire, as viewed from Yosemite National Park. The first part of this video is from the Crane Flat Helibase on the western end of the […]

Military C-130 Saves CalFire Crew Battling Rim Fire

In addition to the 4,191 wildland firefighters relentlessly battling the Rim Fire, there are several different types of aircraft providing support and dropping retardant on the massive fire, which has scorched 187,466 acres in and around the western edge of […]
Can Yosemite's Aggressive Wildfire Management Approach Slow The Rim Fire?

Can Yosemite's Aggressive Wildfire Management Approach Slow The Rim Fire?

The smoky aftermath of a controlled burn near the Mariposa Grove of sequoias in October 2006. (Photo by Jun via Flickr) If historic fire suppression policies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range set the stage for the Rim Fire, can […]
Rim Fire Shuts Down Another Entrance Into Yosemite

Rim Fire Shuts Down Another Entrance Into Yosemite

Wildland firefighters on Highway 120, where the Rim Fire has forced the closure of a west entrance to Yosemite National Park. Photo Source: InciWeb The Rim Fire continues to burn deeper into Yosemite National Park, and it has forced the […]

Rim Fire Pushes Deeper Into Yosemite

Rim Fire Pushes Deeper Into Yosemite These 28 images were taken between 9:56 a.m. PDT and 12:11 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, August 27 from the mobile webcam at the Crane Flat Lookout and Helibase (elevation approximately 7,000 feet) at Yosemite. […]
Rim Fire Reaches Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Rim Fire Reaches Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg transmitted this image of the Rim Fire from the International Space Station via Twitter on Monday. In a Twitter update, she wrote: “Our orbit took us directly over California’s Rim Fire about an hour ago. Devastating.” The […]
Forest Service To States: We Want Our Money Back

Forest Service To States: We Want Our Money Back

The U.S. Forest Service is taking more than $15 million designated for law enforcement, roads and schools away from 22 states. Citing the federal budget sequester as his reason, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell sent “collection notices” to governors on […]
Rim Fire Now Seventh-Largest In California History

Rim Fire Now Seventh-Largest In California History

Sources: Cal Fire, NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, situation reports The Rim Fire is now the seventh largest fire in California history. It’s also the largest fire of the 2013 season in the lower 48 states. As incident commanders initially […]

Channel Island Air National Guard MAFFS Fights Rim Fire In California

Channel Island Air National Guard MAFFS Fights Rim Fire California has called on all available resources to fight the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County and Yosemite National Park, including calling up the California National Guard to support ground crews from […]