California: Indians fire and Basin Complex

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The firing operation on the Indians fire along the Arroyo Seco drainage is almost complete. Now some of their resources are concentrating on putting in indirect lines out ahead of the Basin Complex, for their purposes, being called Basin Complex East. Dozers have already completed approximately 6 miles (as the crow flies) of line north of the Indians fire, from the Arroyo Seco drainage north along the east boundary of the Los Padres National Forest.

On the south side of the Basin Complex, Hot Shot crews from the Indians fire are constructing hand line on the west side of the Indians fire, and south of the Basin Complex, between the Indians fire and a ridgetop dozer line. A shitload of dozer line has already been completed along that ridge and other ridges south of the Basin Complex. Some of them simply involved improving lines used on the Marble Cone and other fires, 10 to 30 years ago. If they can tie that main ridgetop dozer line off with another dozer line towards the west to the ocean, which they are working on, and then fire and hold these lines (a big if) they could hem in the south side of the Basin Complex.

Hot Shot crews and dozers from the Basin Complex West are working south of the fire putting in line from the North Coast Ridge Road to Rock Slide Peak.

I used old fashioned tools called “pens” to create this very sophisticated map to illustrate the above. Click on it to see a larger version.

Photo, Pam Balazer, USFS
Map, Bill Gabbert

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