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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    I see the fire has made its way to Sword Lake, where I took my first backpack trip in the late ‘60’s. So sad...

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Latest update from the Sheriff's Dept last night including an assessment of structures destroyed:

    Tuolumne County Sheriff

    Update August 11th, 9 PM:

    USFS announces a community meeting is scheduled for August 13, 2018 from 5-6:30pm at the Word of Life Church located at 24630 Mi Mi-Wuk, CA 95346 to provide an update on the #DonnellFire

    The Donnell Fire is at 26,814 acres with 20% containment.
    Although fire activity was relatively moderate today, fire did progress towards Spicer Reservoir to the North, Northeast towards Boulder Creek, and East along Highway 108. Specialized crews were assigned in the Spicer Reservoir and Carson Iceberg area to focus on suppression efforts. Structural protection continues as a priority for fire fighters along the Highway 108 corridor and 5N01 (Eagle Meadow Road). Operations are in process of addressing hazard trees along the Highway 108 corridor and in and around structures that have been affected by the fire. Helicopter water drops supported engines and hand crews on the ground. Although progress is being made on the fire, there is still a need for more resources to increase perimeter control of the fire.

    Initial fire assessments have been completed for all recreation residence tracts along the 108 corridor. All permittees have been contacted regarding the condition of their cabin/resort. The main store and lodge of the Dardanelle Resort, 14 of 16 cabins in the Wagner Tract, 36 of 57 cabins in the Brightman Tract, 2 of 2 cabins in the Buena Vista Tract, and 1 of 10 cabins in the Bone Springs Tract have been destroyed by the fire. No structures have been reported lost at Baker Station, Brightman Ranger Station, and cabins in Riverside, Cedar Grove, Deadman, Baker, East and West Douglas, and Twin Buttes Tracts. Firefighters continue to patrol and protect structures within the fire perimeter, and risk is still present from both fire and hazardous trees. Forest Service is contacting permittees as soon as more information becomes available.

    Mandatory Evacuations are 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. No new mandatory evacuations have been ordered.
    Advisory Evacuation for Mill Creek area was put into effect on August 8th and is still stands.

    [End of update]

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Quote Originally Posted by borntoscout View Post
    The Donnell fire is burning along what historians think is the probable route of the first overland immigrant party to come to California. They followed the West Walker River to near Coleville then crossed over Rodriquez Flat and ascended the East Carson River to Murray or Golden Canyon and crossed the Sierra crest at the top of Golden Canyon and descended through Paradise Valley, Disaster Creek and the Clark Fork to a rocky point between the Middle Fork and Dardanelles Creek. Here they hesitated to descend to Donnell flat, fearing the river was headed into an impassable gorge. Here one brash young man insisted he could make it through Donnell flat (now Donnell Reservoir) and was not seen by the rest of the party until some of them arrived at Sutter’s Fort. Two weeks ago I hiked up Disaster Creek to the pass at the top of Golden Canyon and was impressed by the size of some of the trees (as were the immigrants), the junipers in particular. Disaster Creek is (or was) home to a population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. http://sonorapasspioneers.com/trailroute.html
    There used to be a sign at the Vista point depicting a battle between Piutes and early explorers in 1858. The sign is no longer there but I was able to locate a photo of it:


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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    The Donnell fire is burning along what historians think is the probable route of the first overland immigrant party to come to California. They followed the West Walker River to near Coleville then crossed over Rodriquez Flat and ascended the East Carson River to Murray or Golden Canyon and crossed the Sierra crest at the top of Golden Canyon and descended through Paradise Valley, Disaster Creek and the Clark Fork to a rocky point between the Middle Fork and Dardanelles Creek. Here they hesitated to descend to Donnell flat, fearing the river was headed into an impassable gorge. Here one brash young man insisted he could make it through Donnell flat (now Donnell Reservoir) and was not seen by the rest of the party until some of them arrived at Sutter’s Fort. Two weeks ago I hiked up Disaster Creek to the pass at the top of Golden Canyon and was impressed by the size of some of the trees (as were the immigrants), the junipers in particular. Disaster Creek is (or was) home to a population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. http://sonorapasspioneers.com/trailroute.html

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnFisher View Post

    Whether pot can be grown down there is debatable but the circumstances as to how this fire started is suspicious to say the least.
    I've heard people with the stories, just like the huge catfish below every dam ever built the size of volkswagens. Seen little proof. It does happen, I am not saying it does not, I just do not think it is as widespread as it used to be during prohibition.

    It will in fact grow up that high, however the nighttime temps, especially in fall are not conducive to quality or production at that elevation IMO and would not be worth it to the cartels because of those reasons. Let alone to be doing that in a public place that has a vista point that is used daily by dozens of people, just seems too far fetched for me.

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Bummer about crossing Douglas Creek north side. I stayed in a family friend's cabin up there as a kid for years. It was the only cabin on a large granite slab. You had to drive across the creek and up a slope to the cabin. :(

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetspray View Post
    Thing we have noticed is that for the past two weeks we have not seen gardener trucks anywhere here. I can't mow my lawns due to the ash and smoke. Even birds showing up are unusual for this time of year. I had to fill my feeders yesterday and today we had 3 different hawks show up to try to catch them...…..Jetspray
    Wildfires displace wildlife, saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings show up today. They usually don't show up until November.

    Guessing the wildfires up north displaced them.

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Thing we have noticed is that for the past two weeks we have not seen gardener trucks anywhere here. I can't mow my lawns due to the ash and smoke. Even birds showing up are unusual for this time of year. I had to fill my feeders yesterday and today we had 3 different hawks show up to try to catch them...…..Jetspray
    2003 Alumaweld, 19'6", Chevy vortec V-6, SD-309 american turbine jet, T-8 Yamaha kicker, waiting for the tackle fairy to show up to fill my boxes

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    USFS reports the Donnell Fire acreage has grown to 21,097 acres with 6% containment.

    The fire has pushed further up the Arnot and Disaster Creek drainages to the northeast. The fire crossed Douglas Creek on the north side of Highway 108.

    Judging by the fire map the fire is within 2 air miles of Kennedy meadows.

    The Bennett Juniper is being guarded, this is the oldest juniper tree in America.

    So far 55 structures and 81 minor structures destroyed.

    The access road to Highland Lakes from Hwy 4 is closed due to the fire.

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    Last edited by MtnFisher; 08-09-2018 at 02:07 PM.

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    Re: Donnell Fire Hwy 108 Closed.

    Latest update on Donnell fire:

    Size: 17,941 Acres Contained: 4%

    Latest reports state the Donnell fire on the northern end has reached the end of Clark's Fork valley and has entered the Iceberg Wilderness. A few years ago there was some decent fishing in the creek there. No roads in the wilderness area so its aerial and boots on the ground tactics there.

    Earlier reports state Kennedy meadows was safe??? This is a popular fishing area and with a major trailhead leading into the Emigrant Wilderness. Lots of lakes with rainbows, browns and rainbows to the south. Hopefully they can avert the fire in this area.

    Stay safe and hope/pray for the best!

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