Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team #2 (Garwood) remains in command. The potential for fire to spread to the north and cross the middle fork of the Stanislaus River. With favorable weather conditions, and if resource needs are met the likelihood for success is high. A demobilization plan has been approved.
Update 8-9 0900: 925 acres 40% contained
The potential for fire to spread to the north and cross the middle fork of the Stanislaus River, into a very steep terrain with no roads. With favorable weather conditions, and if resource needs are met the likelihood for success is high. A demobilization plan has been approved and put in place.
Update 8-8 1900: 925 acres 40% contained
There is a soft closure of 5N95 at Beardsley Road and 5N32 at Highway 108. Fire has the potential to spread to the North and crossing the middle fork of the Stanislaus River into very steep terrain with no roads.
Continuing dozer line tying in roads along ridge tops. Handcrews are continuing to construct line.
Update 1700: TCU ST9441C - 4452,4453, 4464, 4466, 4473 & STL 4412 Dispatched to #PowerFire incident Code 3
Update 1400: Power Fire is near Beardsley Lake east of Hells Half Acre Rd. and parallel to Hwy 108.
During the day up canyon winds are typically 12 to 18 mph and change directions in the late afternoon to down canyon. Residence near Beardsley and in the lower elevation will notice a significant amount of smoke. We are transitioning to a type two team today at 1800. The Team from Southern California will be setting up the Incident Command Post at Dodge Ridge ski Area. They will be the main source for information at that time.At this moment we are at 325 acres with 10% containment. The fire is burning upslope and up canyon. The steep terrain is difficulty for fire fighters and their safety is our primary concern.
The fire started at the river and has been kept to the SE side of the canyon. The elevation change is 3800 ft. at the river and 6000 ft. at HWY 108. No closures. We ask that people be cautious and aware that fire equipment will be in the area. Please drive slowly and be aware that heavy smoke could cause temporary road delays.
Resources include 3 strike teams, one hand crew, three helicopter, 7 engines, 1 dozer, 5 helitak, 7 fixed wing, and 25 management overhead personnel. The total count of personnel is currently unavailable.
There was an incident at 1000 yesterday morning where a 40 inch oak tree burned through a rotten core and fell onto and engine severely damaging the engine. No one was hurt as the crew was away from the engine laying out hose. A safety team will be looking into the incident, but it appears it was caused by the burn through and gravity. A Forest Law Enforcement officer is investigating the cause of the fire with no determination at this time.