Weather: High pressure aloft will bring hot and dry conditions along with generally light winds through this coming weekend resulting in critical fire weather conditions. Smoke will continue to increase across the area resulting in worsening visibility and air quality.
Fire activity last night continued to burn on the north eastern part of the fire and had moderate fire growth to the east in the area of the San Joaquin River near Junction Bluffs. The fires edge grew northward on the peninsula east of Edison Lake. Operations and crews will continue to evaluate and plan for suppression opportunities. Firing operations continue to remain a part of the suppression effort as safety and weather permits. Resources continue to patrol and mop-up from Florence Lake to the North/South Zone break, located near Redinger Lake. Crews proceed to remove hazard trees along road systems throughout the burn area.
Suppression lines are continually 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.
A transfer of command will occur on Saturday, October 17 at 6:00 PM. The Northern Rockies Team 4 will transition with California Team 1, a type one incident management team. A new closure order was issued for the Sierra National Forest lands for October 17th.
On the western side of the fire from the San Joaquin River north to the Little Shuteye Peak firefighters patrolling and monitoring for hot spots have reported cold black along perimeter and little activity near containment lines. Suppression Repair work has been completed on the Bass lake dozer lines and crews continue to work on post-fire erosion prevention. Crews have cleared the roadway to Shuteye Lookout Pass and are working toward Norris bridge cutting hazard trees and chipping wood debris along roadways.
Farther northwest near Upper Chiquito and Red Top areas crews are working to secure containment lines, patrol for hot spots and mop up with the support of aviation resources. The Structure Group is patrolling interior, removing structure wrap in appropriate areas while monitoring the fire conditions near structures to make sure they remain secure. The Roads Group is working on cutting hazard trees in order to widen a safety barrier along roads affected by the fire. The suppression repair crew has been successful and continues to construct water bars on dozer lines.