The Rim fire is slowly fading from the news. Other national events are overshadowing one of the biggest fires ever in California. It continues to spread but much progress is being made. Some smoke has worked into the Valley – but then it retreats based on the wind. It’s now out of the southwest which allows the haze to skip the valley.
Heavy smoke hovers over Groveland, Tuolumne City, Pinecrest, Bear Valley, and Greeley Hill. Other communities impacted by smoke: Bear Valley, South Lake Tahoe, and Markleeville.
The cause is now being rumored to perhaps be marijuana growing. The fire is believed to have started on the Lower Tuolumne River at the Clavey River Confluence. Just a rumor but investigators are doing their thing.
Here’s the current resource load:
Total Fire Personnel: 4,330
Total Fire Engines: 255
Total Fire crews: 120
Total Helicopters: 14
Total Dozers: 72
Total Water Tenders: 54
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I fell into a burning Ring of Fire. I went down
down, down and the flames went higher. And it burns, burns, burns – the Ring of Fire.” – Johnny Cash
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