Wildland Fire Update – Tuesday, August 4, 2009 @ 8 a.m.Knight Wildland Fire – Stanislaus National Forest 45 % Containment Public Information Officer – Debbie Santiago Started: Sunday, July 26, 2009 @ 3:35 pm Cause: Under Investigation Location: 10 miles North of Twain Harte Acres: 5,078 Estimated Containment: 45% Estimated Containment: Sunday, August 9, 2009 Estimated Costs: $8,900,000 Estimated Control: Unknown Fuels: Burning in heavy timber/brush Injuries: 4 Committed Resources: 1,259 personnel Fire Potential: Extreme Personnel: 29 Type I hand crews, 6 Type II hand crews, 8 Helicopters, 52 Engines, 9 Dozers, 21 Water Tenders, 166 Overhead
Major issues: Steep, rocky inaccessible terrain, extreme fire behavior, active burning throughout night.
Significant events: The Incident Command Team on the Knight Fire continue to use the most appropriate tools to suppress this fire as the men and women on the fire line fight to contain the blaze.
Burn-out operations were slowed somewhat yesterday as favorable winds did not materialize, but night shift firefighters were able to complete their mission of burning-out the west flank of the fire, reaching the river around 1:00am. Burn-out operations, including the use of a helicopter to apply fire to areas inaccessible to ground crews, will continue today on large islands of unburned fuel in the interior of the fire to avoid the potential for spot fires outside of containment lines. A Cobra helicopter with infrared technology will be flying the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River canyon today looking for any potential heat on the north side. At the end of the day shift yesterday, all hand and dozer lines around the perimeter of the fire had been constructed. Hand crews continue to mop up along the fire line, ensuring that there are no hot spots within 150 feet of the perimeter of the fire. Rehabilitation of constructed fire line on the north and east sides of the fire has started.
Several roads and recreation areas, including Crandall Peak Staging Area, Sand Bar Flat Campground, Forest Road 4N14 west off of Beardsley Rd., 4N01 at Fraser Flats, and the southwest end of 4N16 (Italian Bar Rd.) remain closed to the public due to the high number of fire personnel and the operations they are carrying out in those areas. Additionally, 4N16 from 2N63 to 4N01 and 4N17 between 2N63 and 4N16 are now closed. Only authorized personnel will be allowed to pass through Spring Gap. These areas are clearly marked with signs.
The incident is being managed under a Unified Command between the United States Forest Service and CAL FIRE. Other agencies represented include Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Kern County, Tuolumne County Emergency Personnel, Tuolumne County Fire, and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department, Office of Emergency Services.