Rim Fire Burns 300 Acres, Still Not Fully Contained

Some evacuation orders lifted in San Bernardino County towns hit by debris flows, but many residents remain without power.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), an agency of the Interior Department, reported Monday that the Rim Fire, a wildfire burning in San Bernardino County, was 20% contained as of Monday and had burned nearly 21,000 acres (8700 hectares).

“There is no threat of a containment” as of Monday, said USGS spokesman Mark Fuchs in an email. “However, the fire will still burn for a while.”

The Rim Fire was ignited around 9 a.m. PDT June 2-23 and grew to the size of a small town. The fire prompted mandatory evacuations for 8,836 residents from the area around Red Mountain and parts of the City of Ridgecrest and the San Bernardino National Forest. It has burned almost 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) and grown to 200 square miles (510 square km).

The blaze has forced the evacuation of more than 450 structures due to damage to structures, roads and power lines.

On Saturday, USGS reported that the Rim Fire had burned 1,000 acres (396 hectares) and was 50% contained as of June 14.

On Sunday, the fire had burned 300 acres (110 hectares) and still had not been fully contained, USGS said.

Fuchs reported that the fire is moving out of the San Bernardino National Forest and is heading toward homes in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The fire has killed two people and destroyed more than 400 houses, several hundred other structures and a few hundred outbuildings. Five structures have since been destroyed by the fire that was sparked when a caretaker was attempting to drive through dry terrain, Fuchs said.

The fire burned on lands owned by the Angeles National Forest and San Jacinto National Forest and is being fueled by heavy seasonal rainfall and warm temperatures, Fuchs said.

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