Donnell Fire Update, 10 August 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Friday August 10, 2018 @ 8pm

Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388           

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest
DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018
ACRES: 23,824

Fire Resources include:  7 Hand Crews, 3 Helicopters, 41 Engines, 5 Dozers, 7 Water Tenders

CURRENT SITUATION: Structure protection continues along Highway 108, east of Douglas tract and around Baker Station. Today, the fire moved farther to the east less than 2 miles from Kennedy Meadows.  In addition, structure protection was conducted along Eagle Meadow road. Air support dropped retardant on active areas of the fire throughout the day. Dry conditions and increased winds contributed to two half acre spot fires on the south side of the fire. Both fires were quickly suppressed by crews in the area. A red flag warning continues through tomorrow evening increasing the potential for greater fire activity.

RECREATION RESIDENCE AND FACILITY UPDATE: Mi-Wok/Summit District Ranger Sarah LaPlante has contacted all permittees affected by the fire to date.

The Forest Closure Order for the fire area includes the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the Summit and Calaveras Ranger Districts as well as Spicer Reservoir. Campgrounds are open, but the lake is closed to visitor use. Highway 108 is still closed at Eagle Meadow Road from the west and at the top of Sonora Pass on the east side. The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office has closed the gate at the junction of Highway 4 and Highlands Lake Road (Forest Service Road 8N01). The Pacific Crest Trail has also been closed between Highway 108 and Highway 4 for public safety.

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.

Thank you USFS for your daily reports.

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