Donnell Fire Update, 13 August 2018, 8 p.m.

Monday August 13, 2018 @ 8pm
Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388           

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest
DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018
ACRES: 28,792
Fire Resources include: 14 Hand Crews, 5 Helicopters, 44 Engines, 5 Dozers, 8 Water Tenders

CURRENT SITUATION: On the southern edge of the fire crews were able to place hose along the containment lines allowing for expanded mop up operations, an additional 50 to 200 feet to help prevent fire escapes. In the Eagle Creek drainage crews brought in pumps and hose utilizing water to secure containment lines. Hot Shot crews made substantial progress constructing hand line from the Bennett Juniper toward Highway 108 on the easterly edge. Wildland Fire Modules continued cutting hand line on the northwest edge of the fire. Structure protection and hazard tree abatement remain the priority.

Unified command has been suspended as of today.

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 were destroyed by the fire.  No structures have been reported lost at Baker Station or within Riverside, Cedar Grove, Deadman, Baker, East Douglas, West Douglas, and Twin Buttes Tracts.  Firefighters continue to patrol and protect structures within the fire perimeter. Active fire and hazard trees are still present and a potential threat.

Forest Closures: The 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.


This report is from daily emails I receive regarding the Donnell and Ferguson Fires.  When I receive an email I share the contents on the blog.  No blog post means no email received.

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