El Portal fire update for August 5th

August 5, 2014 

Incident Overview

August 5, 2014, 8:00 A.M.

Fire Start: July 26, 2014, 5:00 P.M.
Location: Old El Portal and Foresta

Cause: Under investigation


Size: 4,689 acres
Percent Contained: 100%


Total Number of Personnel: 220


Costs to Date: $10.6 million


Containment date: 08/04/2014


Incident Commander: Dave Martin/Stanislaus National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team

Fire Summary:
The fire is 100% contained. Crews will continue to mop up, secure, and rehabilitate the El Portal fire line.

Demobilization will continue will continue through out the week, which will make fire equipment and crews available for other fires.

Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) team is expected to arrive today to establish a plan for the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. The BAER team's primary function is to evaluate the burn area for short-term emergency rehabilitation needs. Areas that were damaged in the suppression effort are being repaired to help reduce soil erosion and visual impacts. These efforts include building water-bars, chipping large concentrations of slash from dozer line construction, pulling berms, and obscuring turnouts that were created by large equipment. Excess equipment, supplies, flagging, and garbage are also being removed.

Smoke issues on the El Portal Fire:

Smoke will continue to be visible. Individuals that are smoke sensitive or have a tendency to respitory illnesses may be vulnerable to the adverse health effects of smoke. Please avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. You may consider leaving the area until smoke levels decline. Please consult your healthcare provider to discuss protective measures. For more information, visit one of the following websites:

For health effects of smoke: www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?NID=89
For Yosemite air quality: www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/aqmonitoring.htm
For smoke updates: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com

Information Phones: Recorded information for the El Portal Fire is established; please call (209) 372-0327.

Basic Information

Current as of 8/5/2014 9:36:41 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Saturday July 26th, 2014 approx. 05:00 PM
Location Communities of El Portal, Foresta in Yosemite Park, and Stanislaus National Forest
Incident Commander Dave Martin(usfs)

Current Situation

Total Personnel 220
Size 4,689 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
Estimated Containment Date Monday August 04th, 2014 approx. 10:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet) brush, chaparral, grass, oak woodland at lower elevations. Timber (pine and cedar) at elevations above 4,500 feet.

Significant Events

No night operations due to the status of the fire and potential for thunderstorms early operational period.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Extinguish any hotspots observed and implement fireline suppression repair tactics according to establish guidelines.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal interior burning only.

Remarks

Fire Suppression Repair operations have been implemented. Of the total current acreage, 3597 acres are U.S. Forest Service DPA and 1092 acres are National Parks Service DPA. A Stanislaus N.F. Type 3 organization will assume command this morning at 0600.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Chance of thunderstorms in the evening decreasing as night falls leading to good RH recovery and cool temperatures.

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