Donnell Fire Update: 26 August 2018

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest
DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018
ACRES: 35,684
PERCENT CONTAINED: 62%
STRUCTURES THREATENED: 220
STRUCTURES DESTROYED: 54
MINOR STRUCTURES DESTROYED: 81
INJURIES/ACCIDENTS: 4
TOTAL PERSONNEL: 489
Fire Resources include: 10 Hand Crews, 7 Helicopters, 9 Engines, 5 Water Tenders

CURRENT SITUATION: The fire is currently estimated at 35,864 acres with 62% containment. Ground and air resources continue to construct and improve lines around the fire perimeter to increase containment.

A new start has been detected east of the main fire perimeter. The new fire has been determined to be within the planned operational area of the Donnell Fire which is in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest wilderness. The new fire is the Cliff Fire and both aircraft and ground resources have been ordered for containment.

Yesterday, at approximately 3:45 in the afternoon a medium helicopter on a water dropping mission crashed at a helispot on the southwest Donnell Fire perimeter within the containment zone. The pilot walked away with minor injuries and was treated on site by paramedics. The crash site has been secured.

Suppression efforts continue to focus on limiting the spread north/ northeast towards Boulder Lake and the Pacific Crest Trail, structure defense preparation in the Highland Lake area by widening roads to create larger fire containment lines and performing suppression repair and hazard tree mitigation in the Eagle Creek Drainage area on Eagle Meadow Road 5N01.

We want to remind everyone that highway 108 is open to through traffic ONLY, no stopping allowed between Eagle Meadow Road (5N01) and Sonora Pass. The only exception is Kennedy Meadows including Baker Campground and Deadman Campground, which are open.

 Current Closures:

August 19: The Sheriff’s Office and CHP opened Highway 108 at 4 pm for thru traffic ONLY.

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

August 17 Fire Closure Order opens Forest Service road 8N01 to Tryon Meadow.

August 9: U.S. Forest Service signed a Fire Closure Order restricting public access within and adjacent to the fire. Superseded by the August 17 Order.

August 17: U.S. Forest Service signed a Fire Closure Order increasing public access adjacent to the fire and opening Highland Lakes Road (Forest Service Road 8N01) to Tryon Meadow. This forest order is still in effect.

Forest Closure Area: Still in effect along Highway 108 from Eagle Meadow Road to Kennedy Meadows (all residences and campgrounds, except Baker and Deadman) as well as all along Eagle Meadow Road (5N01) and the Clark Fork Road area. The forest area impacted by the fire remains closed. Property owners may obtain permits for access through the Summit Ranger District. The fire closure area remains closed to the public for their safety as well as for the firefighting operations.

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