Saturday night update on Rock Creek, Clark fires


The Rock Creek Fire is estimated to be 185 acres and 5% contained. Crews made excellent progress today constructing fireline along the southwest flank and then completing initial fireline around much of the fire perimeter. These lines will continue to be strengthened.  Aerial support assisted crews on the ground to cool the edges for direct line containment. Crews are conducting intensive mop-up along the southwest flank, closest to the community of Swall Meadows. Interior smoke is visible along Highway 395.

Swall Meadows remains under evacuation. Lower Rock Creek Road is closed between Swall Meadows and Highway 395. The fire is under investigation but appears to be human caused.

This fire is burning in brush, cheat grass, pinyon pine, and juniper. Eight crew, four engines, 5 helicopters, and two dozers are assigned to the incident. There are 222 people assigned to the Rock Creek Fire.

The Clark Fire is 3,050 acres and is 60% contained. This lightning fire is located east of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain. The line is holding well along the southwest flanks. While crews have completed line along the northeast flank, they remain focused on areas of active fire along the line.

Clark Canyon, a popular climbing area, has been evacuated. There are several Forest Service roads that lead to the Bald Mountain area and visitors should avoid these roads and the fire area for their safety and firefighter safety.

There are six hand crews, 14 engines, two air tankers, three helicopters, air attack and a lead plane, and a two dozers assigned to the fire. There are 254 people assigned to the incident.

Low relative humidity and afternoon winds continue to be concern for both fires.

The Central Coast Incident Management Team arrived today and shadowed the local forest team. They will assume command of both fires tomorrow at 6:00 am.



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