Even as the Rim fire burning west of Yosemite claimed 88 structures and burned another 23,501 acre, fire officials estimated the fire could be contained by Sept. 10.
The Rim fire grew to 184,481 acres as it continues its march east into Yosemite National Park, officials reported this morning.
Containment means firefighters have a line all the way around the blaze. As of this morning, officials reported a line 23 percent around the blaze. Extinguishing the fire may have to wait until the rainy season begins.
The fire is burning on the northern, eastern and southern flanks up the rugged slope of the Sierra.
More than 4,100 firefighters are battling the blaze that started on Aug. 17 and has shown no sign of slowing down.
It has consumed the equivalent of seven Bison fires over the past two weeks, and has sent a smoke plume directly into Carson Valley. The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection reported hazardous levels of particulate matter in the air over the Gardnerville Ranchos today, forcing many activities to be canceled or brought indoors.
Getting a line around the fire that’s burning oak, pine and brush in rugged territory on the west slope of the Sierra has been a challenged for firefighters. The fire span is 44 miles, having burned a dozen miles into Yosemite National Park.
Tioga Pass Road, which bisects the park on its way from Tioga Pass to Yosemite Valley is closed at White Wolf starting noon today to allow firefighters access to the fire from within the park.