Rim Fire, Saturday, Aug. 24Loading
  • Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Smoke from the Rim Fire glows orange while a hillside smolders in a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Ceres Fire Captain Jeff Serpa, West Stanislaus Fire Captain Mike Ambrosino, and Patterson fire fighter Justin Ambrosino, check on a series of fire hoses being utilized by hand crews in a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne Saturday night (08-24-13) while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Ceres Fire Captain Jeff Serpa checks on the stability of an old growth oak tree that burns over a fire line carved out by hand crews in a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne Saturday night (08-24-13) while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • A group of local firefighters from Modesto, Ceres, Patterson, and Turlock, convene on the side of Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road after placing fire hoses for ground crews to utilize while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • West Stanislaus and Patterson Fire Captain Mike Ambrosino balances on a steep embankment while keeping a close eye on burning trees and snags while checking on fire hoses in a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River just east of Hardin Flat Road along Hwy 120 while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Big Bear firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a 'slop over' fire that jumped Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road while fighting the Rim Fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • A group of Ceres firefighters help each other up a steep embankment that leads into a canyon of the South Fork of the Tuolumne off of Hwy 120 just east of Hardin Flat Road Saturday night (08-24-13). The rough terrain is one of the main reasons why fighting the Rim Fire has proved to be extremely difficult.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps ready to bed down in tents at the incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Weary eyed firefighters enjoy a meal at the Rim Fire incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Firefighters chow under a series of tents set up at the Rim Fire incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Firefighters walk through the smoke filled Rim Fire incident command post to their bunks which are located in semi truck trailers after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Smoke from the Rim Fire billows into the atmosphere continuing to create it's own weather systems as it burns the hillsides of the Stanislaus National Forest south east of Sonora Saturday evening (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • A trio of Bakersfield firefighters check an updated Rim Fire incident report map that is posted at the incident command post 7 miles east of Groveland, after a long hard day of fighting the fire, which continues to conflagrate uncontrolled in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday night (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | Modesto Bee
  • Paddle boarder Dominique Moreno from Walnut Creek navigates the waters at Pinecrest Lake Saturday afternoon (08-24-13) despite the smoke and ash falling from the sky.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • San Francisco's Don Egeland notices white flecks of ash on his sweater while basking in the orange glow of the sun due to the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • White ash fills the nooks and crannies surrounding Pinecrest lake falling from the Rim Fire Saturday (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Cal Fire firefighters Al Spadaro checks into his room at the Black Oak Casino hotel which is housing firefighters working on the nearby Rim Fire (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • A few families enjoy the unusually sparse beach front at Pinecrest Lake Saturday afternoon (08-24-13) despite the smoke and ash falling from the sky.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Firetrucks fill the parking lot of he Black Oak Casino hotel while smoke billows from the Rim Fire beyond (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • The orange glow of the sun through the smoke of the nearby Rim Fire casts an eerie feeling over the deserted picnic areas at Pinecrest Lake Saturday afternoon (08-24-13) which is experiencing 1/10th the visitors due to the smoke and ash of the fire.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Marin County Firefighter Rick Wonneberger walks from his room at the Black Oak Casino Hotel which continues to house firefighters working on the Rim Fire Saturday (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • The orange glow of the sun through the smoke of the nearby Rim Fire casts an eerie feeling over the deserted picnic areas at Pinecrest Lake Saturday afternoon (08-24-13) which is experiencing 1/10th the visitors due to the smoke and ash of the fire.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Tuolumne County Sheriff's convene at their command center between Tuolumne City and Sonora Saturday morning (08-24-13) as they continue to assist in road closures and protecting the homes of those who have evacuated Tuolumne City and surrounding communities.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • A few families enjoy the unusually sparse beach front at Pinecrest Lake Saturday afternoon (08-24-13) despite the smoke and ash falling from the sky.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Black Oak Casino general manager Ron Patel walks the nearly empty gambling room floor, which is open to customers, but inaccessible due to road closures into and around Tuolumne City due to the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday (08-24-13). Thousands of would be gamblers would normally walk through the doors of Black Oak Casino on a regular Saturday, but Patel has only counted 30.
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
  • Pinecrest General Store owner Dan Vaughn says that business is down 90% from normal at this time of year as a result of the Rim Fire which continues to burn in the Stanislaus National Forest. Vaughn sent four of his employees home due to the lack of business Saturday (08-24-13).
    Elias Funez | The Modesto Bee
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