DONNELL FIRE CLOSES PCT between HWYs 108 & 4-and now-CARSON ICEBERG WILDERNESS


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 13 August 2018


DONNELL FIRE INFORMATION
Updated August 14

 

DONNELL FIRE, InciWeb

 

Serious SMOKE Hazard Conditions
ALL SMOKE RESOURCES 

 

All Regional Trail Maps

 

 

Latest
DONNELL FIRE
News

August 14

News Article of Interest

Donnell Fire Controversy Begins before Fire's Out

 

8 am
25% Contained

Today's Fire Map (Facecrook)

"...create a piece of indirect line from Haypress to Kennedy Meadow that would be utilized for a planed firing operation to halt the spread of fire towards several structures and a resort."

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station

 

August 11

8 pm
20% Contained

"Although fire activity was relatively moderate today, fire did progress towards Spicer Reservoir (trail guide) to the north, northeast towards Boulder Creek (trail guide), and east along Highway 108."

"Initial fire assessments have been completed for all recreation residence tracts along the 108 corridor. 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."

Backpacking Map
Clarks Fork TYT, Arnot Creek, Highland Lakes, Boulder Lake & the PCT

 

8 am

14% Contained

Kennedy Meadows Still Stands!

Today's Fire Map

 

THE DEVOLUTION OF TRAIL STATUS
in the
CARSON ICEBERG WILDERNESS

Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and Spicer Lake CLOSED, the 10th.

HIGHLANDS LAKE ROAD CLOSED, the 9th.

Many West Flank Trails CLOSED by TRF, the 7th,
the rest under too much smoke...

PCT CLOSED between Sonora & Ebbetts Passes, the 6th

 

 

All Local Trail Guide Information & Backpacking Maps,
below

 

 

August 10
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and Spicer Lake CLOSED

Forest Order
Closure of Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and Spicer Lake

 


Previous Closures

HIGHLANDS LAKE ROAD CLOSED, on the 9th


Trails from HIGHWAY 108 to HIGHWAY 4
CLOSED
on the 7th

 

PCT CLOSED on the 6th

 

 

 

All Regional Trail Maps

 

 

August 9

6% Contained

2nd Donnel Fire Map, 8-8, at 9:17pm

AM Update

 

Dardanelle Store Burned
"Fourteen of 16 cabins in the Wagner Tract as well as the Dardanelle Store were destroyed in the fire."

"None of the cabins within the Riverside Tract were destroyed."

 

"The fire pushed further up the Arnot and Disaster Creekdrainages to the northeast."
HIGHLANDS LAKE ROAD CLOSED
"...closed the gate at the junction of Highway 4 and Highlands Lake Road..."

 

Trail Guide Maps
Highland Lakes
Connecting the PCT & TYT in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Second Highland Lakes Map

 

 

All Regional Trail Maps

 

 

TRAIL STATUS

HIGHLANDS LAKE ROAD CLOSED

PCT CLOSED between Sonora & Ebbetts Passes

Many West Flank Trails CLOSED by TRF, the rest under too much smoke...

 

 

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AUGUST 8

1st Donnell Fire Map

"Structure protection continues to be the priority along Highway 108 and the Eagle Meadow Road (5N01). Crews have made significant progress in these areas. Firefighters and bulldozers worked through the night improving and expanding containment lines on the south end of the fire, north of 5N01."

 

TYT
The North end of the fire has run up Clarks Fork Road, crossing the route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail where it drops out of Woods Gulch to follow Arnot Creek down to the Clarks Fork Road.
This segment of the fire is burning terrain covered by the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide:

 

Trail Guide
Jenkins Canyon to Boulder Creek

Map
TYT onto & up Clarks Fork Road

 

 

All Local Trail Guide Information & Backpacking Maps,
below

 

 

 

AUGUST 7

OVERVIEW
WHOLE UPPER WEST FLANK of HWY 108 CLOSED
Road
“The Highway 108 closure has been extended from Kennedy Meadows to Sonora Pass.“
Original Road Closure & Evacuation Orders

Road & Trail
TRF
"There is a Temporary Fire Restriction (TFR)...issued for a ten mile radius from the center of the fire in the Brightman area up to 11,000 feet Above Ground Level."

trail maps

Big Problems
“Due to the other large fires in the region and state, firefighters and equipment are extremely scarce. Handcrews, engines, and equipment have been ordered and are pending.”

 

OUTLOOK
BARE-BONES FIRE PLAN
Structure Protection Only

“Utilize the limited personnel for structure preparation and protection in front of the advancing fire front.“

“Arriving resources will be assigned to the Structure Group.”

 

NOTE
Our best wishes, prayers, and all the good winds and luck possible to Matt Bloom, his family, the extended family of his crew, all all the visitors, horsemen, hikers, and backpackers up at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station, straddling the boundary between the Emigrant and Carson Iceberg Wilderness Areas.

 

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AUGUST 6

PCT CLOSED
trails from
HIGHWAY 108 to HIGHWAY 4

"The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed from Highway 108 to Highway 4 as of August 6th due to the proximity of the Donnell Fire."
Donnell Wildfire PCT Announcement, Inciweb, August 6, 2018.

OUTLOOK
AUGUST 6
"As of 9 am today the Tuolumne County Sheriff announced a mandatory evacuation from Dardanelle Resort to Kennedy Meadows."

Evacuation order of the 4th

 

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Inciweb Information
Donnell Fire

 

Stanislaus National Forest
News

Stanislaus National Forest
Contacts, Alerts, Weather

 

 

EARLIER
Previous Donnell Fire News

Donnell Fire Threatening Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Wilderness Areas

 

 

Highway 108 Closed

12 miles East of Strawberry to Kennedy Meadows
Caltrans Highway 108

 

 

SMOKE OBSERVATION, INFORMATION, & RESOURCES

 

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Trail Guide Information

TRAIL GUIDE
Nearby Trails

The Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails.

 

TRAIL GUIDE

TYT-PCT
Hiking Across Sonora Pass,
Highway 108

Four Trailheads: Three at Sonora Pass, Fourth at Kennedy Meadows

 

MAPS

TYT-PCT Large Scale Trail Map showing Donnell Lake
Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Map
Click Red Dots for Trail Guide Entries, Black Dots for Detailed Maps, where available...

 

TYT Large Scale Trail Map showing Donnell Lake
West Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Map
Click Red Dots for Trail Guide Entries, Black Dots for Detailed Maps, where available...

 

PCT MAP across East Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

SEGMENT Map
Highland Lakes
Connecting the PCT & TYT in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

TYT
Detailed Map, Just a bit North of Donnell Lake

TYT Highland Creek at Spicer Meadow Reservoir to Clarks Fork Road

 

 

 

TYT-PCT
Trail Map
South
Kennedy Meadows & Sonora Pass South across Emigrant Wilderness

 

ROAD MAPS
Bottom of Carson Iceberg Map Page Above

 


 

PCT-TYT
Classic Resupply Spot

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station

BEST WISHES & GOOD LUCK TO KM

Hey Matt,
I'm concerned about you and yours, and I hope all's going as good as it possibly can be, under the circumstances.

I wish I was there, to give you a hand with all you must be doing, or getting ready to do.

Let me know if there's anything I can do.

Good Luck! My Best Wishes are looking for a quick and fast end to this threat.

 

 

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Donnell fire closes PCT between highways 108 and 4, then all the West Flank Trails within ten miles of the fire were closed, followed then by the closure of the road to Highland Lakes, and finally, the whole Carson Iceberg Wilderness and Spicer Meadow Reservoir were closed

 

Originally Published
2018-08-06 12:07:10
 

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