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Sierra's Carstens Fire Heating, Yosemite Valley Smoked Out

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The Carstens Fire burning in Mariposa County has consumed 1,000 acres near Midpines

Telegraph Fire, Responsible Party Sentenced

David Mosher was target shooting along the banks of the Merced River last July when a bullet ricochet ignited tinder dry brush. Mosher reported the blaze that eventually claimed more than 40 homes and other buildings, burned more than 40,000 acres and injured 15 firefighters. Mosher was sentenced to 60 hours of community service according […]

Telegraph Fire Update & Fire Photo Essay

Take a look at this Telegraph Fire photo slide show by Al Golub of Golub Photography. Some of Al’s air tanker photos are among the best I’ve seen, especially the series of shots of Tanker 910 near the end of the display. The Telegraph Fire is now 80% contained and is at 34,034 acres. The […]

Telegraph Fire August 1 Morning Summary

According to the most recent ICS-209 the Telegraph Fire has burned 34,000 acres and is 60% contained. Fifty more firefighters joined the fight bringing the total to 4,531. More than half are Cal Fire personnel. Equipment rundown:106 Fire Engines -52 Dozers -55 Water Tenders -61 Hand Crews (including 8 camp crews) –16 Helicopters -12 Fixed […]

Telegraph Fire Summary July 31 & Burma Grade Map

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The midday 209 is much the same as the ICS-209 filed at midnight. One new injury is reported bringing the total to 16. The fire is now 45% contained and 4,496 fire personnel are on assigned to the incident. The acreage is reported at 33,705. This is a logistical challenge for Mariposa considering the town’s […]

Threat Eases as Telegraph Slows To a Crawl

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Updated totals for the Telegraph Fire: 33,705 Acres -40% Contained –4,448 Fire Personnel -51 dozers- 57 Water Tenders 101 Engines -13 Helicopters -12 Fixed Wing Aircraft- 61 Hand Crews Including 6 Camp Crews Projected demobilization start date: August 1, 2008 0800hrs Today’s observed fire behavior:“North end of the fire is a running surface fire with […]

Telegraph Fire Maps Branch/Division Indicators

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Thanks to the “Anon” email, much appreciation. The Telegraph incident working map has been as tightly held for some reason. Eisenhower didn’t enjoy such secrecy! Click maps to enlarge

Telegraph Fire Midday Numbers Update July 30

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The afternoon incident 209 is out and not much has changed since the previous filing posted at midnight. Acreage is still 32,060 but the fire is now at 40% containment. 3,790 firefighters on scene. At the moment the Martin Mars air tanker AND Tanker 910 are lining up to make drops over the fire. All […]

Kat Country Thinking About Fireline Heroes

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Jim Wells, one of the good guys at Kat Country 103.3fm in Modesto sends a message of good will and an offer to help any way they can to the firefighters working long hours on the Telegraph Fire In addition to offers of help Jim would like to put a few firefighters on the air […]

Martin Mars Tankers Pay Call On The Telegraph Fire

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The Martin Mars supertankers are set to make drops on the north head of the Telegraph Fire some time today. Two air attack crafts circling 6,000 ft above the fire were heard discussing plans to use the giant planes to bolster a double wide dozer line on top of (or near) Black Mountain. The Martin […]

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