Last updated: July 29, 2014
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 3,060 acres
Percent Contained: 19%
Incident Commander: Carlton Joseph/California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (CIIMT5)
Last evening on the El Portal fire the night shift reported active fire until approximately 1:30 A.M. after which conditions settled down. Today’s areas of concern are concentrated on the northern portion of the fire as the fireline bumps into the burn perimeter of the 2009 Big Meadow Fire. Fire crews and aviation assets will continue to combat the fire which is seated in very steep, remote terrain. Vegetation in this area and throughout the state remains in critical, historic drought conditions.
The Dark Hole fire, also being managed by CIIMT 5 remains at just over 500 acres as a smoldering, creeping fire in the understory. As threats from this fire are minimal fire resources have been largely concentrated on the El Portal.
Information Phones: Yosemite Call Center: (209) 372-0327 or (209) 372-0328
Total Number of Personnel: 640
Threats: Communities of Old El Portal and Foresta. High voltage transmission lines serving
El Portal, Foresta and Merced Sequoia grove.
Road Closures: Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and El Portal Road
Special Information: A community meeting was held in Old El Portal last evening with 95 people in attendance. The mandatory evacuation was lifted for Old El Portal however the mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the community of Foresta.
Fire Start: July 26th, 2014 5 P.M.