Donnell Fire Update

From: Diana Fredlund, US Forest Service

Time/Date updated: 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 2018

Donnell Fire Update

Acres Burned: 500
Cause: Under investigation
Date Started: Aug. 1, 2018 5:49 p.m.
Percent Contained: 0
Expected Containment: None at this time
Structures Threatened: 30

Hand Crews: 2 (Stanislaus Hotshots and El Cariso Hotshots, Cleveland NF)
Smokejumpers: 0
Engines:  2
Helicopters: 2
Air Tankers:
Other: 0
Total Personnel: 93

Current Fire Situation: The Donnell Fire ignited at 5:49 p.m. Aug. 1, 2018 near Donnell Lake on Highway 108 east of Pinecrest.  The fire has burned about 500 acres with active fire behavior and smoke outputs in two-foot high brush, timber litter and understory. The fire is burning to the northeast.

The fire’s objectives includes firefighter and public safety; protection, maintenance and enhancement of natural and cultural resources. Firefighters are working to keep the fire north of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, south of trail 19E06 and east of Dome Rock.

Cooperating Agencies: Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District, Caltrans.

Fire Information: The Tuolumne County Sheriff announced evacuation advisories for Wagner Housing Track homes on Clarks Fork. Organizational and Forest Service campgrounds have been notified of the evacuation advisory in their area. We advise the public to avoid this area. Steep and rugged terrain would make escape difficult.

Weather conditions: Very dry fuel conditions will persist throughout the area and temperatures in excess of 100 degrees are expected to continue for the next several days. There are red flag warnings for winds. High winds, low relative humidity and a temperature inversion are making use of aircraft resources difficult.



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