Donnell Fire


Incident #: STF-1702
Fire Start: 8 months ago
Location: 5.2 miles W of Dardanelle, CA
Acres: 36,450
Agency: Stanislaus National Forest Center (CA-STF)
Dispatch Notes: P5l2fy (0516) iqcs # 431319

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 1 hour, 26 mins ago — Donnell Fire Update This will be the last Inciweb update Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Stanislaus National Forest Type 3 IMT Steve Schulz, Incident Commander Matt Hilden, Incident Commander Donnell Fire Information: 209-432-3157 Donnell Fire Email: Donnell Fire Website: Donnell Fire Facebook: Fire Statistics: LOCATION: Stanislaus National Forest DATE STARTED: August 1, 2018 ACRES: 36,450 acres PERCENT CONTAINED: 90% STRUCTURES THREATENED: 0 STRUCTURES DESTROYED: 54 INJURIES/ACCIDENTS: 9 MINOR STRUCTURES DESTROYED: 81 TOTAL PERSONNEL: 128 Fire Resources include: 5 Hand Crews, 2 Helicopters, 5 Engines, 4 Water Tenders CURRENT SITUATION: The Pacific Crest Trail, Highland Lakes, Spicer Lake, and Forest Road 5N01 are open to public use. Clarification for 5N01; All spur roads heading North off the 5N01 will remain closed and all spur roads heading South off the 5N01 are open....


Incident Contact
Stanislaus National Forest Type 3 IMT
Phone: 209-432-3157
Hours: Sun--Sat 8am-8pm
Fire Unit Information
Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sonora, CA 95370

Basic Information

Unknown And Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Wednesday August 01st, 2018 approx. 05:49 PM
Donnell Lake
Incident Commander
Matt Hilden IC; Steve Schulz IC; Tony Maciel IC trainee
38.349 latitude, -119.929 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
36,450 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday October 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory) Brush (2 feet)

High elevation mixed Sierra Conifer (red/white fir, lodgepole pine) and brush (2 feet). Low fuel moistures, especially in large diameter fuels.
Significant Events

Minimal fire activity observed as the fire continues to burn in the understory where fuels remain patchy.


Planned Actions
Crews will continue with direct, indirect, confine and contain tactics and strategies with the priority remaining the northern most portion of the fire. Holding and evaluation/ validation of necessary tactics including aerial support in conjunction with ground forces will continue to be implemented in an effort to manage and ultimately mitigate and eliminate the remaining threats. The resources working on the southern portion of the fire will continue with their efforts on suppression repair and mitigation of the remaining hazards.
Projected Incident Activity
Potential exists for minimal spread to the north and east along Highlands Creek, Arnot Creek, and Disaster Creek drainage via spotting. Minimal fire spread, but spotting will remain a concern.
The Type 3 team will be transitioning with the Type 4 IC's on the local ranger districts tomorrow morning at 0800. The Calaveras Ranger District will be managing the North side of the fire from Donnell Reservoir to Disaster Creek. The South side of the fire will be managed by the Summit Ranger District. The Pacific Crest Trail, Highland Lakes, Spicer Lake, and Forest Road 5N01 will all be opened to the public tomorrow morning, Monday September 10, 2018.