Sacto 9-1-1
August 31, 2013
Now 35 percent contained, Rim fire still burns out of control

About 5,000 firefighters continue wage an uphill battle against the Rim fire that is burning in Tuolumne County and Yosemite National Park.

The 14-day old fire has engulfed 219,277 acres and destroyed 111 structures so far. The blaze, the fifth largest in state history, is now 35 percent contained.

Evacuations have been expanded along Old Yosemite Road to include areas north and south of Bull Creek Road to Little Grizzly Mountain, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff.

Smoke from the fire will continue to clog the air in Reno and Lake Tahoe, the National Weather Service predicts.

"The prevailing winds are moving from southwest to northeast. Those locations are all upstream from the Rim fire," said weather service forecaster Drew Peterson.

Meanwhile, Sacramento is expected to escape the smoke. A strong Delta breeze is keeping the smoke away from the region, Peterson said.

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