Donnell Fire Updates

The Donnell Fire is located approximately (20) miles northeast of Pinecrest, Camp Sylvester and consistently moving easterly away from Camp. There is NO current or forecasted threat to Pinecrest or Camp Sylvester. Camp Sylvester programs and services are operating normally with minimal program impacts, excluding some occasional smoke conditions resulting from the Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park.

For general questions or concerns please feel free to call Camp Sylvester at (209) 965-3172, or email: ken@campsylvester.org

Current Situation:
Activity Report as of Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 8 pm Fire Information Line: (209) 272-5455

The fire continues to grow in the northeast direction pushing further up the Arnot, Disaster and Douglas Creek drainages. Crews continued to make progress constructing dozer and hand lines off the Eagle Meadow (5N01) Road. Tankers dropped retardant on the east side of the fire near the Bennett Juniper to slow the fire spread in that area. Structure protection continues to be the priority along Highway 108 and the Eagle Meadow Road, including protecting the Bennett Juniper. A Red Flag warning for gusty north winds up to 25 mph have been issued for Friday and Saturday which could cause the fire to become more active.

As of August 8, at 8:45 PM the Wagner and Riverside recreation tracts and Dardanelle Resort assessments have been completed and all permittees contacted regarding the condition of their cabin/resort. Fourteen of 16 cabins in the Wagner Tract as well as the Dardanelle Store were destroyed in the fire. None of the cabins within the Riverside Tract were destroyed. The assessment team has complete the evaluation of structure conditions along Highway 108.

A Forest Closure Order for the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the Summit and Calaveras Ranger Districts is going into effect this evening. Spicer Reservoir is also within the closure area. 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.

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

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. Due to the other large fires in the region and state, firefighters and equipment are spread thin, but they continue to report to the incident in increasing numbers.

Mandatory Evacuations: This is 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.

There is a Temporary Fire Restriction (TFR) has been issued for a ten mile radius from the center of the fire in the Brightman area up to 11,000 feet Above Ground Level.

General Reporting:

08/05/2018, 9:00 AM — Kennedy Meadows & Pack Station placed under mandatory evacuation order. —

08/05/2018, 8:30 PM — Unofficial reports posting that Dardanelle Resort has burned. —

08/05/2018, 9:30 PM — Unofficial reports Donnell Fire is approaching Camp Jack Hazard. —

08/05/2018, 10:15 PM — Clarke Broadcasting has learned that there were multiple structures destroyed by the fire and the Dardanelle Resort notably took a heavy hit. —

08/05/2018, 11:20 PM — Unofficial reporting Donnell Fire has reached Camp Jack Hazard. Fire defense crews are on site taking protective efforts. —

08/06/2018, 8:00 AM — Confirmed reports the fire reached Dardanelle Resort and Camp Jack Hazard with some damage reported Modesto Bee, ‘Massive’ Damage to Historic Dardanelle Resort —

08/06/2018, 8:15 AM — Fire reported 11,000 acres, 1% contained, Donnell Fire continues to move primarily easterly away from Pinecrest. Current Fire Map —

08/06/2018, 5:30 PM — Caltrans HWY 108 between Eagle Meadows and Kennedy Meadow is anticipated to be closed at least through August 20, 2018.

08/06/2018, 6:00 PM — Donnell Fire Command operating out of Pinecrest continues to report there is no current or forecasted threat of fire or evacuations for Pinecrest Lake and/or Camp Sylvester. The Pinecrest area is likely be affected by fluctuating smoke conditions, heavier in the overnight hours, clearing in the afternoons, mostly resulting from the Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park.

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For more information please go to http://www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/ or contact us by email at donnellfirestf1918@gmail.com

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