Tuolumne County Fires

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  1. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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  2. Albino Reino

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    Those are impressive pics, wow. There is a tropical storm coming up from Baja. It is either going to make the fire worse with wind or help with rain. I have my fingers crossed for rain.
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  3. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I took a little ride to get impressive pictures, all I saw was smoke.

    It was clear in Groveland. I saw about 30 fire trucks pull out of town. Ferretti rd out of Groveland is not signed, so I rode it out to 120 where the road block is located. Near Lumsden turnoff you can see that the fire came right to road. There is fire retardant on the road and on top of a few homes.

    It looks to me that the danger for Pine Mountain/Groveland has passed unless the wind changes

    Looking across the canyon you see smoke for miles, so definitely moving north/east.
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  4. Albino Reino

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    Thank you for the update.

    This is a bit of what they posted on InciWeb

    "Fire remains to the west of Paper Cabin Ridge and Evacuation Advisories are still in effect for Tuolumne City and nearby areas along the Highway 108 corridor. Structure protection continues to be an issue with the Rim incident. Restrict access remains a concern for crews and equipment."

    "The very high potential for long range spotting however remains a significant concern for fire to advance beyond the retardant lines and allow for fire spread into the communities of Tuolumne City, Twain Harte and Long Barn".

    I'll keep an eye on the updates.
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  5. TierHawg

    TierHawg Herder of the J-Cats

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    Sad situation. The firefighters are doing a great job saving the communities near the fire. Unfortunately they can't be everywhere and it looks like the fire is going to advance towards hwy 108. Lots of prime trails and remote camping areas in that part of the forest.
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  6. Jeelf

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    Rim Fire online map - Most recent perimeter and wind data

    The following link will always display the most perimeter of the Rim Fire straight from the GeoMAC server. This is the same server that also provides data to the crews on the fire line. Sometimes the data on the InciWeb site is not as current as the data that comes from the GeoMAC server. (The InciWeb site gets its data from GeoMAC.)

    The map also shows wind speed and direction. Note that the wind data is always 3 hours old.

    For more information regarding this map, you can follow the “About” link in the upper left corner of the map.

    http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/fires/2013_rim_fire_map.html

    Joseph - the Gmap4 guy
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  7. Albino Reino

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    Great resource! Thank you.

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  10. theGrinch

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    That is an awesome pic, but very sad.:cry
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  11. Albino Reino

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    ^ Please tell where this was taken.
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  13. Jeelf

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    I added the current hot spot data to the online map link that I posted earlier. This likely shows the areas where the fire is trying to expand.

    See the "About" link in the upper left corner of the map for more information.

    http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/fires/2013_rim_fire_map.html

    Joseph, the Gmap4 guy
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    The road to hetch hetchy reservoir
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  15. dman

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    I just got back from a 3 day ride starting Friday from the coast over Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4), camped at Wolf Creek south of Markleville on Friday evening then rode around Walker Valley and motelled in Gardnerville Saturday night. Back over 88 and various foothills backroads on Sunday. We could start smelling smoke around Copperopolis, on the ride up, and it started burning my eyes and scratching my throat by Arnold. Visibility dropped so you could just see the outline of the ridge across Lake Alpine from the road, but no details. Even after crossing both Pacific Grade and Ebbetts Passes, visibility remained poor and ash settled on the bikes and tents overnight. Saturday and Sunday were pretty bad in the Topaz/Walker/Gardnerville area ... I read that life flights and a local airshow were cancelled due to low visibility. On my return ride I stopped in Livermore and looked back and you could see the plume. A friend of mine is on the east side now and he said that 395 is clear south of 108.

    Good luck to anyone who lives near the fire, and thanks to all the firefighters. After being 30 - 80 miles away I can't imagine what it's like in the fire zone. I've been near a lot of fires in 50+ years here but this is unbelievable. I was hoping to ride Cottonwood and Cherry Lake this fall ... hopefully it grows back quick.

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  16. St.Stan

    St.Stan Been here awhile

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    Man, that's a bummer.

    The American fire near Foresthill is mostly out. Reno has been really getting it with the smoke from the Rim Fire, though. It's been tracking along the Sierra crest, then spilling into the Tahoe basin and over the hill into Reno. We're kind of on the edge of it here.
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  17. third eye

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    bigger Al, do you know if the Sugar Pine/China Wall OHV area is affected by the fire near foresthill?
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  18. avejoe

    avejoe Been here awhile

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    I'm bummed, but in the big scheme of things fire is part of nature...
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  19. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    "Sonora, CA - ATCAA Food Bank is calling on the community to help them as they continue to feed Rim Fire Evacuees. ...do not take donations to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Instead, please make donations at the Food Bank in Jamestown Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. Click here for a map. ...a list is being kept of people want to help out to get on that list call (209) 984-3964."
    http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/2226587/Food-And-Paper-Needed.html
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  20. High Country Herb

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    People have been asking what they can do, and are being told to donate to the National Red Cross. While they do lots of good, I think people want to avoid the overhead and donate diectly.

    They also need people in the area that can house animals of all shapes and sizes. Tuolumne County Animal Control is keeping a list: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (209) 984-1338
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