Donnell Fire - Dardanelles Resort Burned in "Fire Tornado"


Update at 10pm: There is much concern about the Dardanelles Resort this evening as the Donnell Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest was very destructive today. The resort posted on social media this evening “we have heard that the resort has burned.” Clarke Broadcasting has learned that there were multiple structures damaged today by the fire and the resort took a heavy hit. It is anticipated that the forest service will put out an official statement soon as information is being gathered. The fire itself is now estimated to be 6,000 acres.

From Blythe:  I also understand from a reliable source that 65 cabins have been burned in the Dardanelle area.  More details will be coming in the morning.

Check out this Facebook link to the Dardanelle Page for more information and many comments.


From Diana Fredlund, USFS:

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest
COMMAND TEAM: Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team                                                                                                                                  ACRES: 6,000
5 Hand Crews, 3 Helicopters, 11 Engines

 CURRENT SITUATION: The Donnell Fire started on August 1 near the east side of Donnell Lake. The fire is burning primarily along the north bank of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River in steep and rough terrain with heavy standing dead and down timber. The fire has been managed as full suppression incident from the start. Due to the other large fires in the region and state, resources are being ordered and filled as they are available. Other local incident management teams are sharing aircraft and personnel as needed.

There will be a community meeting Monday August 6th at the Pinecrest Amphitheatre at 5 pm. Fire managers will be present to talk about the current fire conditions and answer questions from the public.

Today, crews provided structure protection along Highway 108. Aircraft dropped retardant near the repeater site near Double Dome. The fire spread to the south and crossed Highway 108 near the Brightman Tract. It expanded on the north side into the Arnot Creek and Disaster Creek. The fire had minimal growth on the west side near Donnell Lake. A mandatory evacuation was issued on Eagle Meadow Road (5NO1) due to the fire spotting and threatening structures.

The fire is burning in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and across the Clark Fork Road towards Bald Peak. Firefighters are using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics) where appropriate. The fire continues to burn into the 2017 McCormick Fire, slowing its growth on the northeast flank.

A mandatory evacuation continues between Eagle Meadow Road and Kennedy Meadows, including all campgrounds and residences.

As of 6 am today, the Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team (Lee Rickard, IC) assumed management of the fire.

Visitors and residents are advised that smoke to the west of Pinecrest is likely coming from the Ferguson Fire.

Currently, the Pacific Crest Trail at Sonora Pass is open, but hikers are advised there may be smoke impacts on the trail.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS: Mandatory evacuation from Highway 108 at Eagle Meadow Road to Kennedy Meadows was implemented at 9 am today. Eagle Meadow Road (5NO1) was closed and evacuated today.

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From Blythe again……….it’s a sad day for our beautiful mountains and historic local sites and destinations.  I’m quite speechless.

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