The Yosemite Rim Fire, Day 7.

The fire perimeter expanded at a much reduced rate over the past 24 hours based on the new inciweb data (thermal imaging).

The red perimeter is the Aug. 23, 2013 data, and the light blue is the Aug 24, 2013 data.

Yosemite Rim Fire Perimeter (Aug 24, 2013)

Yosemite Rim Fire Perimeter (Aug 24, 2013)

The air quality was much improved at the cabin today. I took a trip up the mountain to Lake Alpine yesterday, and the smoke is definitely worse at the higher elevations heading northeast. I overheard some people talking during lunch yesterday who stated that the smoke was flowing over the Sierras and down towards Carson City, Nevada, as well as towards South Lake Tahoe.

Here’s a satellite image of the area showing the smoke and a Google Earth image of the same area, to provide perspective.

Yosemite Rim Fire Satellite Image

Yosemite Rim Fire Satellite Image acquired Aug 22, 2013 via the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Image source:

ScreenShot 2013-08-24 at 7.05.40 PM

Yosemite Rim Fire – Google Earth Image prior to fire.

The diligent work of many thousands of people is likely slowing the advance of the fire. I am grateful to all involved in doing what they can to guide mother nature along a less destructive path.

Thank you.

While the news continues to report that the fire is only 5% contained, and that this is one of the worst fires in California history, I can only provide details about how I am experiencing the fire.

I have no doubt that this fire will continue to burn for a long, long time and that its impacts will be felt for decades.

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