Crews will mostly continue to monitor and back burn areas inside the Rim Fire today as it burns itself out against a natural barrier of granite inside Yosemite National Park.
A plume of smoke rises behind a Hot Shot crew lighting a back fire along Tioga Pass Road Wednesday. Amy Alonzo Rozak / Union Democrat, Copyright 2013.
The fire did not grow over the past 24 hours, leaving total acreage burned and containment the same — 237,341 acres and 80 percent.
Crews will continue to hold containment, monitor the fire and burn remaining fuels within the fire perimeter, largely within Yosemite National Park, where the fire has been corralled, according to Stanislaus National Forest officials.
Nearly a third of the fire is burning in Yosemite National Park. About 9 percent of the park — 66,155 acres — had been burned as of Tuesday.
The blaze has essentially overtaken the westernmost flank of the park.
A vast majority of available federal and state resources have been sent to the blaze. Personnel have come from 44 of 50 states to lend aid. Cal Fire has sent relief from 20 of 21 regional divisions.
Many firefighters have been able to return home. Total personnel on the fire is now 3,975, after peaking at 5,115 over the weekend.
Evacuated residents have been able to return home, too.
There are currently no mandatory or advisory evacuations in Tuolumne or Mariposa counties, and the American Red Cross evacuation center in Sonora closed Wednesday.
A few mandatory evacuations remain inside Yosemite National Park — including the Hetch Hetchy area, White Wolf/Hodgdon area, and the campgrounds of Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek.
The Stanislaus National Forest has an active area closure for the entire Groveland Ranger District and for the Mi-Wok Ranger District east of Highway 108.