Donnell Fire Update, 15 August 2018, 8 p.m.

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Wednesday August 15, 2018 @ 8pm
Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388           

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest
DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018
ACRES: 29,756

Fire Resources include: 17 Hand Crews, 5 Helicopters, 46 Engines, 3 Dozers, 8 Water Tenders

CURRENT SITUATION:  The public may see a new smoke column rising just south of Spicer as fire activity in the area increases.  This is not a new start. The fire is moving toward the northeastern edge of Spicer Reservoir.  There is no additional threat to structures at this time.  Night crews have decreased to five engines and overhead for patrol status due to reduced fire activity and to minimize crew exposure.  They remain diligent as they continue to put out spot fires and mop-up along the fire perimeter.  Difficult and steep terrain north of Highway 108 on the east side of the fire is slowing forward progress. Hose lay is now in place along the northwestern edge of the fire.  Crews expect to have line completed from Donnell Lake to Spicer Reservoir by tomorrow.  Minimal fire spread north of Disaster Creek and Peaceful Pines has allowed crews to focus on both the eastern and western edges of the fire.  Additional equipment placed along Highway 108 near Douglas Picnic Area is allowing for faster hazard tree mitigation.

Upcoming weather is predicted to be hotter and drier with winds from the southwest. This may make for more active fire conditions in the coming days.

Firefighters remain positive as they continue to receive an outpouring of support from the local community.  

Due to minimal firefighting activity at night this will be the last evening update until further notice.

Current Closures:

August 4:  California Highway Patrol closed Highway 108 at Eagle Meadow Road from the west and at the top of Sonora Pass on the east side.

August 6:  U.S. Forest Service closed the Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 108 and Highway 4 for public safety.

August 9:  Alpine County Sheriff’s Office closed the gate at the junction of Highway 4 and Highland Lakes Road (Forest Service Road 8N01).

August 9:  U.S. Forest Service signed the Fire Closure Order restricting public access within and adjacent the fire.

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.

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