Advisory: It is recommended, suggested.
Order: Declared by the sheriff. You must leave or could face arrest.
Check back for updates as they come in:
Sept. 2, 7:15 p.m. — Total acreage burned has now reached 235,841.
Containment has reached 70 percent.
The fire was "very active" on the eastern and southern fronts today with moderate growth to the north and west.
The estimated cost has reached $72 million.
Sept. 2, 12:40 p.m. — All schools will open in Tuolumne County tomorrow, according to Joe Silva, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools.
Sept. 2, 7 a.m. — The Rim Fire has now burned 228,670 acres.
Containment has been brought to 60 percent.
Overnight, moderate rates of spread were seen on the north, east, south and west.
"Good progress" was made fighting the spot fires near Pilot Peak and along the southern perimeter.
Sept. 1, 6:40 p.m. — Total acreage burned has now reached 224,777.
Containment was brought to 45 percent.
The fire continued to be very active to the south and east today with moderate spread on the north and west.
"Good progress" was made on containing a 61-acre spot fire southeast of Pilot Peak Lookout and on backfire operations around the Crane Flat Lookout.
Crews will continue containment work on spot fires to the southeast and southwest of Pilot Peak Lookout.
Backfiring will continue in the Hull Creek Drainage. within Yosemite National Park near Big Oak Road and Tioga Road and near Clavey Meadow.
Sept. 1, 7 a.m. — Crews successfully contained the spot fire that jumped Old Yosemite Road and forced mandatory evacuations late Friday night and were lifted Saturday afternoon (see below).
High winds brought more spot fires overnight which will be addressed today.
No new acreage total was given at fire briefing this morning.
Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. — The Rim Fire has burned 222,777 acres.
Containment has been brought to 40 percent.
The fire burned mostly south and east today.
Crews made "good progress" on containing the spot fire that crossed Old Yosemite Road and forced mandatory evacuations late Friday night and were lifted Saturday afternoon (see below).
Backfire operations were completed between Big Oak Station and Hazel Green Ranch. Also, "good progress" was made in backfire operations near Crane Flat Lookout.
A backfire operation is planned at the eastern edge of the fire in Yosemite National Park between Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Harden Lake as conditions allow.
Crews will also continue reinforcing the protection along the Highway 108 corridor and on Dodge Ridge.
Backfire operations were started between Hells Mountain and Clavey Meadow.
Aug. 31, 5 p.m. — The mandatory evacuations for the Bull Creek Road and Little Grizzly Mountain areas in Mariposa County have been lifted as of 3:45 p.m.
Crabtree Road has been closed by the U.S. Forest Service for increased emergency personnel access.
The Forest Service will be increasing its forest restriction Sunday to close public access to Crabtree, Gianelli and Pine Valley trail heads as well as Gooseberry Road, or Forest Road 4N35.
All towns south and east of Highway 108 from Mi-Wuk Villageto Pinecrest remain under evacuation advisory.
Dodge Ridge Ski Area and Pinecrest Lake and campgrounds will remain open for business.
Aug. 31, 7:15 a.m. — The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation for the areas north and south of Bull Creek Road and Little Grizzly Mountain as of 10:30 p.m. Aug. 30.
A spot fire crossed Old Yosemite Road, prompting the new evacuations, and crews will work to extinguish it today.
Today crews are also slated to begin a burning operations on Duckwall Mountain, north to Fahey Meadow along Forest Road 3N07.
They will also continue burning in Yosemite National Park near Harden Lake and south to White Wolf and to Tioga Road.
The Rim Fire has burned an estimated 219,277 acres.
Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. — The Rim Fire has burned an estimated 213, 414 acres or 333 square miles.
Containment was at 35 percent.
The latest investigation of lost structures said 11 residences, three commercial buildings and 97 outbuildings have been destroyed.
Estimated cost to date was $54 million.
Four injuries have been reported.
Aug. 30, 11:50 a.m. — TUD is no longer requesting customers conserve water for use fighting the Rim Fire.
Aug. 30, 7 a.m. — The Rim's Fire's burned area totalled 201,984 acres this morning. Containment was still 32 percent.
Aug. 29, 7 p.m. — The Rim Fire's total burned area is now 199,237 acres. It is 32 percent contained.
Aug. 29, 11:55 a.m. — The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office at 12 p.m. is lifting its evacuation order for the township of Tuolumne. There will be periodic road closures within Tuolumne due to emergency operations. An evacuation advisory remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills. Access to the community is restricted to residents and emergency services. The road closure at Buchanan/Cottonwood Road and Sunset Drive remains in effect as well. The Sheriff's Office has asked that drivers use caution inthese areas due to the large amount of emergency services traffic in the area.
Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m. — The evacuation advisory for areas of Soulsbyville and Willow Springs has been lifted. It remains in effect for Ponderosa Hills and areas east, along the south side of Highway 108 up to Pinecrest. Buchannan /Cottonwood Road remains closed as does Sunrise Drive.
Aug. 29, 6:30 a.m. — The Rim Fire has burned 192,737 acres and is 30 percent contained. About 4,840 fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Evacuation advisories are still in place for areas along the Highway 108 corridor from Tuolumne City to Pinecrest, and all of Tuolumne County's schools remain closed.
Aug. 28, 7:50 p.m. — The Rim Fire's size grew to 192,466 acres today — up about 5,000 acres from this morning's reported acreage. Nonetheless, fire and law enforcement officials close to the firefighting work were guardedly optimistic about progress made Tuesday and today — including new line building and some backburning activity intended to reinforce those lines. The increased acreage today, according to Forest Service officials, to a large degree reflects the backburn work completed, which is counted as acreage burned in the blaze. The Rim Fire is 30 percent contained.
Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m. — The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office at 6 p.m. is lifting its evacuation order for Graham Ranch, off Clements Road in the Groveland area. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employees and firefighters will be available to help residents get reestablished.
Aug. 28, 1:20 p.m. — Road closure updates from the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office — North Tuolume Road is open except in Ponderosa Hills, where it's only open to residents; Tuolumne Road open to Cherry Valley Road; Tuolumne City is open to residents only. There is a closure/checkpoint at Yosemite and Woosdham Carne Road.
Aug. 28, 7:05 a.m. — The largest active wildfire in the U.S. continued to grow Tuesday and overnight to 187,466 acres, while firefighters appeared to make some progress in stopping its westward and southern growth.
The Rim Fire as of this morning was 23 percent contained, up from 20 percent Tuesday morning. More than 4,000 people — firefighters and support staff from across the state and nation — were battling the blaze.
Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. — The Rim Fire today grew by about 5,000 acres, to 184,481 acres. Firefighting efforts focused again at the fire's northwest and southeast ends, where property is threatened. The bulk of the work entailed cutting fire lines and droping ratardant and water from the air. Areas of focus included Duckwall Mountain, to protect south-of-Highway 108 communities stretching from Tuolumne City to Pinecrest, and south of Highway 120 in Mariposa County, where several homes are threatened. The fire as of tonight was 20 percent contained and 4,081 fiefighters and support personnel were assigned to battle the huge blaze - the nation's largest active fire.
Aug. 27, 4:16 p.m. — The Tuolumne Utilities District's Board of Directors has canceled its meeting tonight because of the Rim Fire.
Aug. 27, 3:30 p.m. — Yosemite National Park will close part of Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, at noon Wednesday for fire-suppression work along the road. The stretch of road is expected to be closed through Labor Day weekend.
"Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds, both located along the Tioga Road within the closure, will remain closed during the fire suppression efforts," a Park Service annnoucement said. "White Wolf Campground and White Wolf Lodge will remain closed. The Tioga Road will remain open east of White Wolf to the Tioga Pass Entrance. The Porcupine Flat Campground, the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, and all visitor services within Tuolumne Meadows will remain open."
Highways 41 and 140 into the park will remain open.
Aug. 27, 2:00 p.m. — Columbia College's main Sonora campus will remain closed through the rest of the week and is currently scheduled to open Tuesday. However, classes at the college's Oakdale and Calaveras County campuses will proceed as planned.
Columbia's first day of classes had been scheduled for Aug. 26 but were cancelled due to smoke and the Rim Fire's impact on students and staff.
All Tuolumne County public schools will remain closed through the rest of the week at the recommendation of the Rim Fire Incident Command, the Tuolumne County Public Health Department and the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District, said Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva.
Silva said a decision will be made Monday, Sept. 2 (a holiday) about whether to open school the following week.
Aug. 27, 1:00 p.m. — All schools in Tuolumne County will be closed through Friday, according to Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva. Schools were also closed Monday and Tuesday. Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District hasn't yet held its first day of classes.
Aug. 27, 8 a.m. — Rim Fire facts:
• Acres: 179,481
• Containment: 20 percent.
• Buildings destroyed: 31 residences, 80 outbuildings (higher numbers reflects Berkeley Family Camp, which burned Sunday).
• Personnel: 3,752
• Air support:15 helicopters, two DC-10s and other aircraft.
• Air quality: Still poor; schools are closed today in Tuolumne County.
Aug. 27, 7:15 a.m. — Tuolumne County administrators will hold a midday meeting to decide whether schools will remain closed Wednesday or not. A decision is expected at 1 p.m. All Tuolumne County Schools remain closed today, including ROP programs, according to Joe Silva, superintendent of Tuolumne County schools.