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Donnell Fire

Unit Information

Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
19777 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370

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Incident Contact

Central Coast Info Team
Phone: 209-536-5388
Hours: Sun--Sat 8am-8pm

Highlighted Activity

08/18/2018 Press Release: Hwy 108 Opens to Through Traffic Only
Contact: Donnell Fire Information at 209-536-5388 Press Release The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Transportation and the Stanislaus...
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Monday August 20, 2018 @ Noon

Fire Information Line: (209) 536-5388

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





Fire Resources include: 14 Hand Crews, 7 Helicopters, 34 Engines, 1 Dozer, 15 Water Tenders

An assessment team is assembling to evaluate safety hazards in and around the recreation cabin tracks and commercial property. When ALL safety inspections have been completed, permittees will be allowed back into the area. U.S. Forest Service personnel and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling from Highway 108 through Highway 395. Vehicular traffic is prohibited from stopping from Eagle Meadow Road (5N01) to Sonora Pass.

CURRENT SITUATION: Crews are focusing their efforts on the northeast side of the fire near Spicer Reservoir. Another priority for hand crews is the northeast and northwest flanks as it heads towards Disaster and Boulder drainages. Air support will continue in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

High pressure will weaken today as an area of low pressure moves into the Pacific Northwest. This will allow for gusty southwest winds to develop in the afternoon with gust between 25-30 mph. The strongest gusts will occur in the aligned southwest to northeast valleys along with the exposed ridges.

Current Closures:

August 19: The Sheriff’s Office and CHP opened Highway 108 at 4 pm yesterday 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 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 Superseded by the August 17 Order.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 forest order is still in effect.

Mandatory Evacuations: Still in effect along Highway 108 from Eagle Meadow Road to Kennedy Meadows (all residences and campgrounds, except Baker and Deadman) 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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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown And Under Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday August 01st, 2018 approx. 05:49 PM
LocationDonnell Lake
Incident CommanderLee Rickard, Central Coast Interagency Management Team
Coordinates38.349 latitude, -119.929 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel812
Size31,743 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained51%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events




Fire activity moderated into the night with fair relative humidity recovery. Recovery was poor along the ridges.


Planned Actions

Crews will continue to construct direct/indirect line along the West side of the fire, continue to mop up and perform suppression repair along the South and Southeast portion of the fire and continue to look for opportunities for direct/indirect line in the Northeast side of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire activity will continue to be active this afternoon as increased southwest winds find alignment within upper Clarks Fork into Boulder and Disaster Creek drainages. Concern areas continue to include Eagle Creek drainage, eastern control lines where Divisions T and Y connect, areas north of the Spicer Meadow Reservoir, Long Valley and Haypress, Sardine and Red Rock meadows where extensive values at risk are located.

24 hours: Fire does have potential to flank the Spicer Meadow Reservoir along the eastern edge and move further north into federally designated wilderness. Dry, warm conditions may cause challenging conditions for several portions of the fire, potentially impacting infrastructure and recreational improvements in the Middle Fork Stanislaus River, upper Clark Fork, Bennet Juniper/Sardine, and Haypress Meadow and surrounding wilderness areas including the PCT to north of Boulder and Disaster creeks.

48 hours: Concerns for fire spread impacting the PCT if Monday's winds are able to provide movement above Disaster and Boulder Creek drainages in upper Clarks Fork.

72 hours: A high pressure builds warm, dry conditions will continue, however wind speeds may decrease and turn terrain driven mid to late week, helping limit fire spread potential.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Same as 72 hours.


Highway 108 has been opened to through traffic but the Clark Fork Road and Forest Road 5N01 remain closed.

There is no update to acreage due to no Infra Red Imagery flight last night.

The Central Coast IMT will transition command of the fire to a local type 3 team on August 22 at 1800hrs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure will weaken today as an area of low pressure moves into the Pacific Northwest. This will allow for gusty southwest winds to develop in the afternoon with gusts between 25-30 mph. Strongest gusts will occur in alighted southwest to northeast valleys along with the exposed ridges. Relative humidity will drop into mid to upper teens with temperatures in the upper 70s to mid 80s. Valley inversions are expected to lift by 1000hrs.