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Sierra Outdoor School - Fire update

Hello!  I have been meaning to get a post up on the blog to welcome the new staff.  However, I think that this morning it will be more important that I get some information out about our current status involving the
Rim Fire that is burning less than 10 miles away. Sierra Outdoor School is not currently under any evacuation advisement, and the fire crews are working hard to keep the fire from crossing Highway 108.  We are closed this week, and had to reschedule Knightsen for later in October.  We will be making a decision on Friday about Pinewood's visit next week. We will be closely monitoring the fire as well as the air quality; the smoke has been thick in the mornings, and we need to make sure that it is healthy for our staff and visitors to be here.
Here is this morning's information about the fire.

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday August 17th, 2013 approx. 03:15 PM
LocationGroveland Range District, Stanislaus NF
Incident CommanderWilkins/lawshe

Current Situation

Total Personnel3,752
Size179,481 acres
Percent Contained20%
Fuels Involved
Brush, Oaks, and Pine
Fire Behavior
Fire activity remained fairly active overnight with active surface fire and torching and spotting.

Here is a photo of one of the big DC-10 tankers dropping fire retardant on the north west front of the fire, which is just south of Tuolumne.  This photo was taken yesterday by Mike Olenchalk.

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