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

USFS Update, 8 August 2018, 8:00 p.m.

Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388                                       donnellfirestf1918@gmail.com

 

Acres:  17,941
Percent contained:  4%
Structures threatened: 220
Structures destroyed: 55
Minor structures destroyed: 81
Total personnel: 563

Fire Resources include:  7 Hand Crews, 3 Helicopters, 34 Engines, 4 Dozers, 4 Water Tenders

CURRENT SITUATION:  The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office has announced an Advisory Evacuation for the Mill Creek Campground, Recreation Residence Tract and Forest Service Road 5N21 (Mill Creek)  south of the Donnell Fire. This is NOT an Evacuation Order.  This is an advisement only of a potential evacuation order should fire conditions change. This advisory is being put in place as a precaution. 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 inversion layer lifted today causing increased fire activity in the northeast and southeast sections of the fire. The primary acreage increase included the Disaster Creek drainage, and south of Highway 108 towards the Bennett Juniper Tree. Structure protection continues to be the priority along Highway 108 and the Eagle Meadow Road (5N01), including the Bennett Juniper. Crews continue to make dozer and hand line progress along the fire’s southern boundary.

Highway 108 is still closed at Eagle Meadow Road from the west and at the top of Sonora Pass on the east side. The Pacific Crest Trail has also been closed between Highway 108 and Highway 4 for public safety.

The incident is in Unified Command with Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and Tuolumne County Fire Department.

The fire started at the inlet of Donnell Reservoir and continues to burn along the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River in steep and inaccessible terrain. It has spread to both sides of Highway 108 near Brightman. The fire is burning north into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness between the Arnot Creek and Disaster Creek drainages and east to Eureka Valley along Highway 108.

Mandatory Evacuations: 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 for Mill Creek area was put into effect today.

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SONORA PASS IS CLOSED.

From BK:  Sorry I’ve been delinquent the past 24 hours but we’ve been playing grandparent and have taken three visiting grandchildren to the Oakland Airport for their return to Boise, ID.  (Sad faces.)  Driving plus computer time plus a few more side trips just didn’t cooperate with reality!

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