Hot and dry weather continues through Saturday with a moderate to strong inversion that was expected to set in late Wednesday evening at approximately 5500-foot elevation. This will confine smoke to drainages and valleys decreasing visibility and air quality. The inversion is expected to persist until approximately 1:00pm today. Critical fire weather conditions will continue, due to minimal humidity recovery and development of warmer than normal temperatures.
The fire continues to burn in fine and heavier fuels that lead into rock outcroppings on the northeast near Cassidy Meadows and south of the San Joaquin River near Junction Bluffs. The weather allowed an opportunity for an aerial ignition operation to help remove some heavier fuels from the fire area yesterday. Smoke will continue to be seen from the area.
Suppression lines are currently being repaired. This total reflects 251 miles of Dozer line, of which 46 miles has been repaired and 94 miles of Hand Line Construction, 2 miles has been repaired. Suppression repair work is occurring on approximately 350 miles of line and assessments of impacts are nearly complete.
On the western side of the fire from the San Joaquin River north to the Little Shuteye Peak area crews continue to patrol and monitor for hot spots along the containment lines. In addition to patrolling for hot spots these crews are also cutting hazard trees and chipping wood debris. Near Little Shuteye Peak a crew continues to work on that section of fire line.
Farther northwest near Upper Chiquito crews continue to patrol and mop up along the containment line. In addition, suppression repair and rehabilitation work of constructing water bars to prevent erosion is being done on indirect lines. The Roads Group continues to work on cutting hazard trees in order to widen a safety barrier along roads affected by the fire. The Structure Group finished repair to hand lines in the Portuguese area and continues to monitor the fire conditions near structures to make sure they remain secure