Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Basin fire, July 15 update

The Basin complex east of Big Sur, California has been a little less active the past 24 hours. The only areas that had a significant amount of fire activity late yesterday were the Pine Valley campground, the east side of the slopover in the White Oaks area, Tassajara Creek campground, and Pico Blanco Boy Scout campground. The fire is 121,782 acres and is 61% contained.

The official update on InciWeb this morning included this information:
The slop over north of Chew's Ridge continues to be moderately active. Conditions today look favorable for burnout operations. Crews spent the night preparing the containment line. Burnout is planned for this area to protect firefighter and resident safety.

Monday, the fire spotted over the line near Rodeo Flats Trail. Hand crews worked in difficult terrain to contain the spot. Light fire activity and weather conditions aided those efforts.

Humidity remains high on the north side of the fire.

Burnout operations will continue in the area east of Devil's Peak on the north edge when conditions permit.
The weather forecast for the Jamesburg area through Wednesday calls for temperatures in the high 80s, relative humidites 22-30% during the day, 83% at night, and winds 2-9 from the west or northwest. The excellent humidity recovery at night will slow down the fire, but make the burnout operations more difficult.

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