Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Telegraph fire, July 30

Telegraph fire

8:41 a.m. PT July 30

CalFire provided an update this morning. They are saying the fire is 32,063 acres and is 20% contained. The fire has destroyed 21 residences and 32 outbuildings. Structures threatened include 4,000 residences in the communities of Midpines, Briceburg, Mariposa, Greenley Hill, Coulterville, Bear Valley, and Mt. Bullion Camp. Evacuation information can be found HERE and highway conditions can be found HERE.

The resources on the fire:
  • 3,790 Personnel
  • 443 Fire Engines
  • 74 Hand Crews
  • 65 Dozers
  • 38 Watertenders
  • 15 Helicopters
  • 12 Airtankers

6:34 a.m. PT July 30

The heat detected by the satellites last night shows that the fire was most active on the north side where it expanded quite a bit beyond the last perimeter uploaded by the incident management team. Click on the updated map below to see a larger version.

A 10-mile stretch of Highway 140 was closed for much of yesterday. The fire is still 7-8 miles west of the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park.

The Fresno Bee has an article about evacuating animals from the fire zone. The Sacramento Bee (what's with the BEE newspapers?) has a touching story about a woman whose house burned, but she continues her job as a care worker. The San Francisco Chronicle's story about the fire features local residents, one is "sheltering in place" refusing to evacuate, and others have left their homes.

CalFire has not provided any updated information since noon yesterday. We will update this post throughout the day today as more is available.

We want to welcome a new sponsor, CafePress, who is offering T-shirts and other items to commemorate the Telegraph fire.

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