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A Tour Of The Rim Fire – Part 2

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – The first half of our day at the Rim Fire led us through areas that had already been burnt out or bypassed by the flames. Now we were headed into the more active fire area – Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite, and things were about to get interesting. The gates to the Park were closed and locked ...

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A Tour Of The Rim Fire – Part 1

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – With the Rim Fire now 80% contained, and the demobilization of over 2,000 personnel, I decided it was time to take a trip up to the area to see what the nearly 256,000 acre blaze had done to the landscape. Enlisting my husband as my driver so I could take photos out the window along the way, ...

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Forest Service Releases Cause Of Rim Fire

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations and Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office have determined cause of the Rim Fire. The fire, which began on Aug. 17 on the Stanislaus Nation Forest near the area known as Jawbone Ridge, has been determined to have started when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape.

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Missing Firefighter Search Continues

JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM – The search for Jemez Ranger District engine captain Token Adams continues today. Token, who has been missing since Friday, Aug. 30, has been the focus of an intense search effort by numerous Federal, State, County and local agency personnel as well as many volunteers throughout the holiday weekend. The family, fellow employees and the entire community ...

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Major Progress Made On Rim Fire

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – The Rim Fire is now 80% contained, and personnel assigned to the incident has been drawn down by nearly 1,000. Effective at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all evacuation advisories county-wide. This includes North Tuolumne Road, Ponderosa Hills, and the south side of Highway 108 from the North Tuolumne Road ...

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No Results In Search For Missing Firefighter

JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM – The search for Jemez Ranger District (Santa Fe National Forest) wildland firefighter, Token Adams, was hampered again yesterday by heavy afternoon rains. The steep, rugged, dense terrain has also challenged efforts despite the over 250 personnel involved in the search. The terrain in the vicinity of the search is described as extreme topography with steep uphill ...

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The Successes On The Rim Fire

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – Fighting the Rim Fire has been a costly effort, but the communities, infrastructure and natural resources saved have proven the success of the joint leadership team directing the effort, said Southern Area Blue Team Incident Commander Mike Wilkins. “The cost of the fire is huge,” said Wilkins. “We’ve spent a significant amount of money,

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Search Continues For Token Adams

JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM – The search continues in the canyons and mesas of New Mexico for missing firefighter Token Adams. Adams, 41, an engine captain with the Forest Service and former Coarsegold resident and YHS graduate, was searching for a wildfire on his ATV on Friday, Aug. 30, when he failed to show up at a designated meeting spot with ...

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Rim Fire Gets Sprinkles But There's Heat In The Forecast

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on the Rim Fire, with 70% containment of the blaze that has now grown to 235,841 acres. The estimated date for total containment is Sept. 20. A bit of very light precipitation on the fire today helped to calm the fire activity a little, but it was reported to be in ...

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Missing Firefighter Is From Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD – A firefighter missing for three days on the Jemez Ranger District in New Mexico is a Yosemite High School graduate from Coarsegold. KRQE News 13 in New Mexico is reporting that Token Adams, 41, an engine captain with the US Forest Service, was responding to a fire on the Santa Fe National Forest, but failed to show up ...

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