Donnell Fire Update, 7:40 p.m., August 2, 2018

Update: Donnell Fire 350 Acres, Advisory Evacuations Issued


Update at 7:40 p.m.: The Donnell Fire that was spotted around 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Stanislaus National Forest has grown to an estimated 350 acres. The flames are burning on the Summit Ranger District near Donnell Lake, off Highway 108. Forest Service spokesperson Diana Fredlund relays that a helicopter has been using a bucket to fill-up with water from the lake to dump on the fire this evening. She also notes they are still waiting on resources to arrive and acknowledges that some will not get to the site until Friday morning. Fredlund relays the strategy overnight, “They’re going to keep monitoring it. They’re going to be there overnight. I don’t know that they are actively going to be fighting the fire only because it is such rough terrain. We are waiting for the hotshots to come in as they’re the ones trained to do it. So they are going to be keeping an eye on it and in the morning we’ll be able to give you a better idea on it.”

Photo taken by David Jigour, 7:40 p.m., August 2, 2018

Fredlund adds that additional resources have been ordered including an additional strike team with five engines and four hand crews. There is no containment on the blaze. Further details on the fire’s activity, advisory evacuations and resources can be viewed below.

Photo taken by David Jigour, 7:40 p.m., August 2, 2018

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