Friday, June 27, 2008

California: Gallery, Basin, Indians fires

Smoke from the Gallery/Basin Fire floats over the coastline.
Photo credit: Pam Balazer, USFS

Basin Complex

On the Los Padres National Forest south of Big Sur, the Gallery and Basin Fires have officially burned together now. On Thursday the fire continued to burn actively at the higher elevations, exhibiting extreme fire behavior. It continues to back down towards portions of Highway 1, to move south into the South Fork of the Big Sur River drainage, and north towards Manuel Peak. It is 20,763 acres and 3% contained.

Indians fire
Without the smoke from the Basin Complex shading the area, firing operations on the northwest side were initiated with better success on Thursday. It is 59,066 acres and 71% contained.

The map below shows heat, in red, orange, and black, detected by satellites, with the red areas being the most recently burned. The yellow lines are the perimeters uploaded by the incident management teams. Click on the map to see a larger version.

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