El Portal fire update

July 31, 2014 

Fire Start: July 26, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

Location: Old El Portal and Foresta

Cause: Under investigation

Size: 3,900 acres

Percent Contained: 34%

Incident Commander: Carlton Joseph/California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT5)

Fire Summary: Today the fire made a one-half to three-quarter mile run in the Crane Creek area. Two small spots were detected in front of the head of the fire. Both spots have been lined and controlled. Smoky conditions challenged air resources. Smoke on the northwest side of the fire obscured viewing of the fire perimeter.

The Dark Hole fire had a wetting rain on it today.

Thunderstorms have increased the threat of lightning. Poor relative humidity recovery above the thermal belt will lead to active fire behavior tonight.

Total Number of Personnel: 1,063

Costs to Date: $4.4 Million

Threats: The community of Foresta remains under a mandatory evacuation order. High voltage transmission lines serving El Portal, Foresta, and Merced Sequoia grove.

Special Announcements: Mitigation of hazards in the community Foresta continues to accommodate the eventual safe return of residents to their homes.


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