Chalk Update, 10/20/08, Day 24

MEETING TONIGHT: 4:30 pm at Community Center. USFS, BSVFB, and others for update and management issues relating to the Chalk Fire. NO LONGER a BAER meeting. I need to have coffee and start generator before I can post more for today’s update. I’ll be back….

There isn’t much to see or photograph today. It is VERY smoky. Perhaps it will blow out later and I can see what is going on. I will post updates as soon as they become available. Also, see new thermals uploaded by Coast Communications.

Inciweb finally updated around 9:45 am.  Acreage is only up to 14,865, but listen to what else USFS is reporting:

“Fire Behavior  

Moderate fire behavior observed over night. With continued creeping through fine fuels. Heat concentrated from the Twin Peak area.

Significant Events 

Continue Firing and Holding Operation along Hermitage Road. Prepare Dozer line for possible Firing Operation from Div Y/Z break West to Morning Glory. Monitor fire movement to the North of Cone peak in order to protect line from Cone Peak to Twin Peak.

Planed Actions 

Continue Firing and Holding Operation along Hermitage Road. Prepare Dozer line for possible Firing Operation from Div Y/Z break West to Morning Glory. Monitor fire movement to the North of Cone peak in order to protect line from Cone Peak to Twin Peak.”

Sorry, folks. I can hear tankers, but I cannot see anything due to smoke. Even Prewitt Ridge is hidden from my view this morning.

11:30 am. Just called the new hotline number, and spoke w/ Helen Target (?) USFS, PIO. They are very optimistic about the firing out operation and how it is going. The operation is NOT going on from the Hermitage Rd., as reported on inciweb, but continues from the dozer line I was watching all afternoon, yesterday. They are re-opening the dozer line on up to Morning Glory as a contingency, but at this time, they don’t think they will need to use it. NO new evacuation watches or warnings have been issued since Friday. Sounds like it might be a good day on the Chalk Fire, even though I am sitting up here blind!

Gordon reports from the Hermitage, that the southern end of the dozer line does hook up with the Hermitage Road, and that it has been very exciting there today. He hopes to be able to send me some photos to post. I will post them when received, taking into account this afternoon’s meeting.

One thought on “Chalk Update, 10/20/08, Day 24

  1. Kate. The pic,greatest show on earth would be one the company would want on the calendar. Could you send that one to rhunter@aerounion.com. The Capt. flying is retiring this year after 40 yrs. Thanks, Phillip. PS Will make sure you get a calendar.

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