STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (CBS13) — The Rim Fire has exploded in the Stanislaus National Forest—growing from 800 acres to more than 10,000 in a single day.
Firefighters are having a difficult time keeping up with the blaze as it moves in three different directions, with plenty of dry brush and trees to fuel the flames.
It’s destroyed at least two homes and five outbuildings after racing east of Buck Meadows.
Charred rubble is all that’s left of this home on Packer Canyon Road. While hot spots continue to smolder around what used to be someone’s house, the home next door remains standing.
“It’s been scary.”
Scary for the people who live in the 2,500 homes considered to be in danger.
Dan McGrew’s home is a mile from the evacuation zone.
���The wind has been blowing away from my house which is good, but you never know with a fire.”
Firefighters are working from the air and on the ground to build containment lines.
Rugged, steep terrain making it difficult for firefighters, and the weather isn’t cooperating.
“We’ve got canyons around, what that does to the wind is always a challenge,” said David Cooper with the U.S. Forest Service.
In addition to weather challenges, The active fire season means crews are forced to compete for resources.
“There are so many fires in ca there’s some many in the eastern us we are really having a hard time getting crews and aircraft,” Dennis Godfrey with the U.S. Forest Service.