Thursday, July 3, 2008

California: Basin fire July 3

The Basin complex near Big Sur continues to to grow on the north side, north of Big Sur, and expand slowly on the east side.

A mandatory evacuation notice was issued Wednesday, July 2, for the entire community of Big Sur and the residents of the east side of Highway 1 between Nepenthe north to Andrew Molera State Park. The total length of the evacuated area along the coast highway is now more than 25 miles.

As the fire moves toward the northwest, east of Big Sur, some of the dozer lines have held and some have not. It is within one mile of Pfieffer Big Sur State Park and within 1 to 2 miles of the community of Big Sur.

On the south side crews have been firing along the North Coast Ridge Trail toward the Rodeo Flats Trail and have reached to within about 2-1/2 miles of the Indians fire. Firefighters in this same area firing from the ridge trail down to the coast are making very slow progress.

The fire on the east side is within about 2-1/2 miles of Tassajara and is moving slowly toward the Indians fire, about 4 miles away, and the indirect dozer line, 3 to 7 miles away.

The fire is 64,304 acres and is 3% contained.

Issued at 1200 today:

There is a A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect through tonight for the Basin Complex (West) calling for strong winds along the ridge tops (NW 10-20mph, gusts to 25mph) and low RH values (20-35%) above the marine layer (1500-2000 ft.).

This is going to test the small amount of held line on the south side and will probably cause significant expansion on the east side, pushing the fire closer to Tassajara.

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