The huge wildfire raging near Yosemite National Park has burned about 12,000 acres of Sierra Pacific Industries-owned land, company spokesman Mark Pawlicki told me this afternoon. The company owns about 18,000 acres in the area.
No dollar figure has yet been placed on the loss, he said.
"The smoke is so thick we can't assess it yet," he said. "We're doing rough estimates."
SPI foresters in the area are helping fire agencies by providing maps and assisting with fire breaks, Pawlicki said. The company will be able to salvage log burned areas, so it'll shift its resources there and away from harvesting the green timber until the work is done, he said.
This is the second year in a row that a big wildfire has damaged a large swath of SPI land. Last year's Ponderosa Fire burned 17,600 acres of SPI-owned timberland -- the worst damage the company has ever seen from a fire.
For my story on the Rim Fire's impacts on agriculture, check CapitalPress.com soon.