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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/19/2018 02:25 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/19/2018 02:51 PM
Expires: 01/01/2023 12:00 AM

Donnell Fire Containment Climbs to 49% & Hwy 108 Reopens

Pinecrest, CA...Highway 108 will open today at 4 pm all the way through to Highway 395. Vehicles are prohibited from stopping or deviating from the highway between Eagle Meadow Road (5N01) and Kennedy Meadows Road (6N01). The road to Kennedy Meadows will be open. Crews made progress around the northwest tip of the fire perimeter at Spicer Reservoir and are working to secure the saddle below the Dardanelle. Air support continues in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness assisting the Wildland Fire Modules spiked out in the area. A spot fire was found north of the Donnell Reservoir, a rappel crew will be inserted today to secure that western line. Crews continued mop up and suppression repair along the southern containment line. Hazard tree mitigation remains a priority.

Photos Above By Steve Butts of Donnell Fire as Viewed From Hwy 4 Lookout

Warmer weather and southwest winds may cause increased fire activity or potential long-distance spotting today.
Fire personnel are maintaining an excellent accident and injury record. Support from the local community continues to boost firefighter morale.

Current Closures:
August 4: California Highway Patrol closed Highway 108 at Eagle Meadow Road from the west and at the top of Sonora Pass on the east side. The Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order. August 19 the Sheriff’s Office and CHP will open Highway 108 at 4 pm and the mandatory evacuation area will be reduced to reflect this change.

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

August 9: Alpine County Sheriff’s Office closed the gate at the junction of Highway 4 and Highland Lakes Road (Forest Service Road 8N01). August 17 Fire Closure Order opens this road 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 Superseded by the August 17 Order.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 replaces the August 9 Order.
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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Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388
LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018
Fire Resources include: 16 Hand Crews, 9 Helicopters, 35 Engines, 2 Dozer, 16 Water Tenders

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Thank you!
Posted on: 2018-08-19 18:47:29   By: Anonymous
Thank you for the map with the containment lines - so helpful to put our minds at ease.

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    Posted on: 2018-08-19 19:42:23   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2018-08-19 20:57:49   By: Anonymous
      Please stop.

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        Posted on: 2018-08-19 21:05:53   By: Anonymous
        15 years ago, I had a 120 lb, 8 year old malamut/dalmation/shepherd mix who had been spayed at one year old. Her name was Mischa. She was so loving and gentle and very strong. during that year, our cat had 5 kittens and nested in an extra bedroom closet. when the kittens were about 4 days old, we saw Mischa belly crawling with her head down toward the kittens while their mama was with them, being slow and careful. We watched carefully, not fearing for the cats as the dog had such a sweet nature, but certainly delighted at her actions...she reached the nest and put her nose first on Mama cat, gave her a lick, then nudged gently every kitten and gave them the tiniest, gentle licks...we thought, ok, that is enough for now and we led her out of the room. a couple of days later, I heard mewing from behind my bed in an open space, I looked and Mischa had made a nest of her own out of a couple of items from the clothes hamper and had stolen every single kitten from Mama, she was curled up protectively around them and they were trying to nurse. Mama came and got them, took them back a couple of hours later and Mischa let her...but from that day, we would see Mischa taking them from Mama for a couple of hours, and then Mama taking them back a couple of times a day. when the kittens were about 3 weeks old, miraculously, Mischa had started to lactate!! the kittens were as comfortable with her as they were with Mama, and nursed when they were with her just like when with Mama. eventually, we found all but one of the kittens new homes and kept Lord Byron with us. that cat nursed from Mischa until he was almost a year old, because unlike his mom, Mischa refused to wean him. He was HER baby as far as she was concerned, but she was willing to share lol...he ate regular food too, but she kept producing milk until he finally decided he was grown enough to wean himself. I have never heard of a spayed dog who'd never had babies lactating...Mischa wanted to be a Mom and Mama Cat let her. It was very weird lol, but also so beautiful and so sweet. Byron and Mischa were snuggle bunnies until Misha passed away a few years later.
        this just reminded me of our beloved pets and that wonderful story, thanks for reading it all, and letting me share

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          Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
          Posted on: 2018-08-20 09:21:10   By: Anonymous
          This article is about a fire in our forest. People are very concerned for their homes and neighborhood.

          The article is not about you or your storytelling skills. You were an irresponsible pet owner not spaying and neutering. I have fostered and bottle fed hundreds of kittens thrown in local foothill shelters over the years. Your actions nil efforts of others who truly care about the flood of homeless animals we have every year in our shelters. Many more were euthanized because of people like you. You are an inept human being.

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            Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
            Posted on: 2018-08-20 13:56:55   By: Anonymous
            I take all the lost kittens, cats, and dogs I find to the friendly Asian family that moved in down the street a couple years ago. I can't understand a thing they say, but I can tell they are always thrilled to take them in, and it makes me feel good to get those poor animals a happy new home!

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              Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
              Posted on: 2018-08-21 13:56:53   By: Anonymous
              They wok dog for you.

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      Posted on: 2018-08-19 21:08:37   By: Anonymous
      Please die now. Painfully and slowly.

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    Re: Thank you!
    Posted on: 2018-08-19 21:08:10   By: Anonymous
    No matter how many hard hours the USFS puts into this battle, it will always remain that the reason Dardenelle Resort burned was because of their lack of effort attacking the fire early on. Its their fault any way you cut it.

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      Re: Thank you!
      Posted on: 2018-08-20 00:00:31   By: Anonymous
      It's really Obama's fault.

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        Re: Thank you!
        Posted on: 2018-08-20 13:14:03   By: Anonymous
        Yes, it really IS Obama's fault.

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      Re: Thank you!
      Posted on: 2018-08-20 04:11:39   By: Anonymous
      it does not help either when you have not cleared back from vulnerable structures as far as you can see either. doh.

      log it, graze it, clear it or watch it burn.

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        Re: Thank you!
        Posted on: 2018-08-20 05:28:47   By: Anonymous
        Open up Tryon meadow!

        Thanks FF's for all you do!

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        Re: Thank you!
        Posted on: 2018-08-20 09:29:02   By: Anonymous
        And sprinklers installed on roof tops and surrounding buildings.

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          Re: Thank you!
          Posted on: 2018-08-20 11:10:25   By: Anonymous
          Ban Flatlanders

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