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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/14/2018 09:11 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/14/2018 10:10 AM
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Donnell Fire Swells to 29,569 Acres, Most Growth on Northwest Edge

Pinecrest, CA...Fire spread was minimal overnight, primarily along the northwest fire edge in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness where Wildland Fire Modules are spiked out and will be working today. Overnight, crews continued to enhance containment lines along the southern and eastern flanks of the fire and to do structure protection including within the Haypress area. Today, thunderstorms are forecast for the early afternoon. These could bring gusty and erratic winds up to 35 mph to the east side of the fire, resulting in the loss of some air support. High winds also increase the potential for spot fires, embers blowing up to 1,000 feet from the fire’s edge. Structure protection and hazard tree abatement remain the priority. Green pockets within the fire perimeter still exist and continue to be treated in several locations. Direct line from the Bennett Juniper to the Douglas Day Use Area on Highway108 will continue to be constructed today, with crews working from both the north and south directions.

RECREATION RESIDENCE AND FACILITY UPDATE: Initial fire assessments have been completed for all recreation residence tracts along the108 corridor. All permittees have been contacted regarding the condition of their cabin/resort. The main store and lodge of the Dardanelle Resort, 14 of 16 cabins in the Wagner Tract, 36 of 57 cabins in the Brightman Tract, 2 of 2 cabins in the Buena Vista Tract, and 1 of 10 cabins in the Bone Springs Tract were destroyed by the fire. No structures have been reported lost at Baker Station or within Riverside, Cedar Grove, Deadman, Baker, East Douglas, West Douglas, and Twin Buttes Tracts. Firefighters continue to patrol and protect structures within the fire perimeter. Active fire and hazard trees are still present and a potential threat.

Forest Closures: The area includes the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the Summit and Calaveras Ranger Districts as well as Spicer Reservoir. Campgrounds are open, but the lake is closed to visitor use. Highway 108 is still closed at Eagle Meadow Road from the west and at the top of Sonora Pass on the east side. 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 Pacific Crest Trail has also been closed between Highway 108 and Highway 4 for public safety.

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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Tuesday August 14, 2018 @ 8am

Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388

LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018





Fire Resources include: 15 Hand Crews, 5 Helicopters, 46 Engines, 5 Dozers, 8 Water Tenders

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-08-14 10:57:05   By: Anonymous
Let’s just call this a “controlled burn” that got out of hand. Need say no more, I mean no more bark beetles. First rain fall will take care of business. At least, save Kennedy meadows.

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    Re: Veritas
    Posted on: 2018-08-14 11:05:19   By: Anonymous
    No. Let's call it what it really is.
    The USFS allowing a fire to get out of hand and burn out a beloved landmark gas station/store/tavern and hundreds of family heritage cabins that the USFS didn't want there because they challenged the USFS obsessive control disorder.

    The USFS is a people control agency that is very jealous of their perceived fiefdom.

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      Re: Veritas
      Posted on: 2018-08-14 11:12:52   By: Anonymous
      And they'll eat your chickens!

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        Re: Veritas
        Posted on: 2018-08-14 11:21:16   By: Anonymous
        ^^ Now that's chicken gloop...

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      Re: Veritas
      Posted on: 2018-08-14 11:53:20   By: Anonymous
      Yes - Cal Fire's goal is to get any fire out quickly, which they most usual;y do - Forestry's goal is to take advantage of the unfortunate burn and get all the mileage you can from it to thin the forest. BUT this is not safe strategy when it is close to communities, buildings, businesses, housing, etc. In those instances they should be fought very aggressively at the very start of the fire, like Cal Fire does. Rim fire, Detwiler last year, Ferguson this year, and now Donnell prove this point.

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        Re: Veritas
        Posted on: 2018-08-14 12:23:04   By: Anonymous
        Its Obama's fault.

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          Re: Veritas
          Posted on: 2018-08-15 14:42:32   By: Anonymous
          Yes It IS!

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    Posted on: 2018-08-14 18:17:25   By: Anonymous
    log it graze it or watch it burn

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-08-14 13:56:26   By: Anonymous
Looks like a pretty big Thunderstorm going on in the burn area. Just looked it up KCRA radar rain baby rain because USFD has there thumb in there butt.

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    Posted on: 2018-08-14 14:17:52   By: Anonymous
    Ban Flatlanders

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