7/7 am official update

cres burned: 77,165

Acreage increase (last 12 hours): 2,180

Fireline to build: 14 miles

Date started: 6/21/2008

Percent contained: 18%

Expected containment: 7/30/2008

Injuries: 3

Structures threatened: 2,500 residences;

20 commercial; 195 other

Structures destroyed: 23

Suppression cost to date: $22,834,800

Resources

Crews: 50

Engines: 185

Helicopters: 18

Air Tankers: 10

Dozers: 30

Total Personnel Assigned: 2,308

Headlines:

Yesterday and last night’s fire activity was limited due to increased humidity and lighter winds. The fire is still active in many areas.
Successful burning operations the last 2 days covered over 16 miles of line.
A Fire Weather Watch for very high temperatures and single digit humidity has been issued for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon by the National Weather Service.
Current Status:

Firefighters successfully continued burning operations during the night along Mescal Ridge to Skinner Ridge.
Burning is planned on the northwest corner along Dani Ridge and Bixby Ridge.
Several fires spotted outside of the line, but were caught by firefighters overnight.
Mop-up will occur along most sections of Highway 1 and along burnout operations on the northern and southern edges of the fire.
A contingency dozer line is being constructed from Hwy 1 towards White Rock Ridge.
On the south front of the fire, crews continued to hold the line in the Dolan Ridge area.
Winds are expected from the north and northeast and will be generally light which will allow for favorable burning operations.
Last night fire was active in the Tassajara and Willow Creek drainages and north of Rodeo Flats. Helicopters will be working these areas today to help reduce potential fire spread.
Public Meetings

Carmel Valley Village, Tularcitos Elementary School, 34 Ford Road – 6:00 pm
Carmel, Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Road – 7:00 pm
Palo Colorado, Mid-Coast Fire Station, Palo Colorado Road – 7:00 pm

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