Community Meeting Re Donnell Fire

USFS has announced a community meeting scheduled for August 13, 2018 from 5-6:30pm at the Word of Life Church located at 24630 Hwy 108,  Mi-Wuk,  to provide an update on the #DonnellFire.

The Donnell Fire is at 26,814 acres with 20% containment.

Donnell Fire Update as of 8 p.m. last night:

CURRENT SITUATION: Although fire activity was relatively moderate today, fire did progress towards Spicer Reservoir to the north, northeast towards Boulder Creek, and east along Highway 108.  Specialized crews were assigned in the Spicer Reservoir and Carson Iceberg area to focus on suppression efforts. Structural protection continues as a priority for fire fighters along the Highway 108 corridor and 5N01 (Eagle Meadow Road). Operations are in process of addressing hazard trees along the Highway 108 corridor and in and around structures that have been affected by the fire. Helicopter water drops supported engines and hand crews on the ground. Although progress is being made on the fire, there is still a need for more resources to increase perimeter control of the fire.

RECREATION RESIDENCE AND FACILITY UPDATE: Initial fire assessments have been completed for all recreation residence tracts along the108 corridor. All permittees have been contacted regarding the condition of their cabin/resort. The main store and lodge of the Dardanelle Resort, 14 of 16 cabins in the Wagner Tract, 36 of 57 cabins in the Brightman Tract, 2 of 2 cabins in the Buena Vista Tract, and 1 of 10 cabins in the Bone Springs Tract have been destroyed by the fire.  No structures have been reported lost at Baker Station, Brightman Ranger Station, and cabins in Riverside, Cedar Grove, Deadman, Baker, East and West Douglas, and Twin Buttes Tracts.  Firefighters continue to patrol and protect structures within the fire perimeter, and risk is still present from both fire and hazardous trees. Forest Service is contacting permittees as soon as more information becomes available.

Mandatory Evacuations: Still in effect along Highway 108 from Eagle Meadow Road to Kennedy Meadows (all residences and campgrounds) as well as all along Eagle Meadow Road (5N01) and the Clark Fork Road area.  No new mandatory evacuations have been ordered.

Advisory Evacuation: Mill Creek area was put into effect on August 8th.

Safety Note: With the increase in fire equipment and traffic around the Pinecrest area, the public is reminded to drive extra cautiously at this time. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommend using a tight-fitting N95 or P100 respirator to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.

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