Knight Fire Update


Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News, Uncategorized on August 7, 2009

Dedicated firefighters have worked hard to contain the Knight Fire, which has been burning since July 26th. Twain Harte is fortunate to have such a fine team of fire fighters who have worked tirelessly on this and other fires so far this year.

The initial cause of the blaze is still under investigation. There are 443 firefighters working to extinguish the fire, which has thus far charred 6,130 acres. The fire is 80% contained. It is estimated the fire will be fully contained by Sunday, August 9th, 2009 around 6:00 p.m.

Incident Information System – Knight Fire

As of six- hours ago…

Progress continues on the Knight Fire. A thermal infrared imaging flight was conducted over the fire last night. This technology, used in support of wildland fire management, determined diminished heat within the interior of the fire and along containment lines.

Today, hand crews will be in full mop-up mode working on containment lines toward the center of the fire, and rehabilitation of hand and dozer lines will occur to help prevent erosion when wet weather patterns return to the area.

The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is currently in transition, turning the management of the Knight Fire over to a local Stanislaus National Forest Type 3 incident management team.

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Twain Harte Fire Update!


Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on July 30, 2009

Those headed toward Twain Harte for the weekend should be advised that air conditions are fair at best.

This morning the smoke from the Knight Fire, which has been burning about 15 miles from Twain Harte for several days now, covered the area like a blanket, making breathing for those with asthma or other respiratory ailments difficult.

Fortunately, the heat is giving us a break, since most area homes lack air conditioning it simply isn’t feasible to shut up the house. We are using an evaporative cooler (which we picked up at OSH, in Sonora) and closed up the windows a little.

According to My Mother Lode News, the Knight Fire covers an estimated 1,643 acres and is 10% contained at this time. 1,016 firefighting personnel are on site in the extremely remote Stanislaus River Canyon.

Bill Jennings Invitational?

On an entirely different note. I was stopped tonight by a couple of young men in front of the new “Piece of Harte” restaurant. They invited me to attend the Bill Jennings Invitational Tournament, held at the Twain Harte Golf Club — tomorrow.

I spent quite a bit of time this evening searching online but wasn’t able to find any information. It’s possible it’s just a rumor but the gentlemen seemed sincere. If you have details, please share.

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Jupiter Fire


Posted by Annie in Uncategorized on July 26, 2009

According to a local store clerk at 7-11 in Twain Harte, a fire has broke out about fifteen miles from town in an area known as Jupiter.

According to the store clerk area residents are being evacuated.

The smell of smoke has begun wafting into town. Residents should be mindful of the fire and be prepared to evacuate, should conditions warrant it.

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