California: Basin fire update, July 2

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The Basin Complex near Big Sur continues to spread on the north, east and south sides. Firefighters are requiring a mandatory evacuation on the west side of the fire for both sides of Highway 1 from Partington Ridge Road to 1 mile south of Limekiln State Park effective at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, to provide for the safety of residents and firefighters while crews conduct a burning operation that will reinforce containment lines on the south end of the fire.

One place they are conducting firing operations is on the south side along the North Coast Ridge Trail. They are burning along a fireline that will connect the Basin complex to the Indians fire along that trail and the Rodeo Flats trail.

Here is the latest map, showing heat detected by satellites (in black, orange, and red), and the perimeter (in yellow) uploaded by the incident management team. Click on it to see a larger version.

The firing operation on the Indians fire is complete, and official containment is predicted for July 3.

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