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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 10/03/2008 06:01 PM Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 10/03/2008 09:21 PM
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Forest Managing High Elevation Fire for Resource Benefits

Sonora, CA…The Forest Service today announced that Stanislaus National Forest fire management personnel are monitoring a remote, lightning-caused high-elevation fire, located two miles northwest of Donnells Reservoir, approximately one mile outside the western boundary of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness. The 220 acre lightning-caused “Dome Rock Fire” is being managed under “Fire Use” guidelines, allowing the fire to carry out its natural role in the forest ecosystem.....


Fire Use specialists and fire crews are carefully guiding the low-to-moderate intensity naturally caused fire into areas where it can accomplish fuel reduction benefits and meet resource management objectives. Fire Use benefits include reducing fuels on the forest floor, recycling nutrients to forest soils, and improving habitat for wildlife. The fire is burning at the 6,500 to 7,000 foot elevation, and in its location poses no threat to structures, facilities, or communities.

Visible from the area of Donnells Vista on state Highway 108, the fire is being managed by on-the-ground personnel. The twenty-person Stanislaus Hot Shot crew and two, ten-person Fire Use crews are on the ground, monitoring and guiding the fire into areas where it can provide resource benefits, and ensuring management objectives are met. The Bald Mountain Helitack Crew and local contract helicopter are supporting the ground effort with aerial reconnaissance and selective, precision water drops to cool the fire’s perimeter.

Shorter days, cooler weather, higher humidity, and a forecast for rain this weekend are also assisting the Fire Use management effort on the ground. These improved weather conditions are also allowing Forest fire officials to lift fire restrictions on campfires in dispersed camping areas, effective immediately. Fire officials are quick to note that Forest fuels remain very dry.

Campfire permits are still required, and with the proper five-foot clearing to bare mineral soil, campfires are now permitted in dispersed camping areas outside of developed campgrounds. Stanislaus National Forest officials are reminding Forest visitors that fire season is still in effect, and fuel conditions remain extremely dry.

Campers and hunters visiting the Stanislaus National Forest are urged to continue exercising extra caution, and to know and carefully comply with all fire prevention regulations. Campfire permits are available for free at District Ranger Stations and at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sonora.

Local Tuolumne and Calaveras County residents are reminded that, although precipitation is forecasted for the foothills, high fire danger persists, and the current suspension on residential burning remains in effect, and is strictly enforcement.



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