Rim Fire causes evacuations, road closures in the North Valley

August 21, 2013 9:22:03 AM PDT
There is a fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest called The Rim Fire. As a result, Highway 120 into the park is closed from Smith Station Road to Feretti Road in the Buck Meadows area. Drivers are not allowed into or out of the park on Highway 120. Drivers are asked to use State Route 140 and Highway 41 instead.

The reason for the closure is because the fire has jumped the 120. The original fire started on August 17, as of earlier today, the fire has burned about 800 acres, but a more accurate number is expected around 7 p.m.

Evacuations have also been ordered in the Buck Meadows area along Highway 120, near Groveland. The evacuations have taken place in the last hour and the fire department doesn't know exactly how many homes were affected.

The fire started in a drainage area on Saturday, and has spread in a sort of a zig-zag fashion. Resources are there from many agencies, including Sierra National Forest, Yosemite National Forest, Kern Co Fire, Stanislaus Co and the Bureau of Land Management among others.



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