YOSEMITE, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Rim Fire is now 23 percent contained and has burned 187,466 acres total.
The U.S. Forest Service says there are mandatory evacuations south of Highway 120 and north of Old Yosemite Road. Structure defense around Aspen Valley by ground and aerial resources was occurring in the afternoon. An evacuation advisory continues for areas on the Highway 108 corridor from Tuolumne City to Pinecrest. A Forest Closure is in effect for locations near and in advance of the fire. Several locations on the west side of Yosemite National Park have had closures implemented as a result of the fires spread. Contingency planning, indirect line construction and preparation to the east of Highway 108. Access and difficult terrain remain concerns for crews and equipment. Burnout operations were completed along the northwest edge of the fire near Paper Cabin Ridge.