Knight fire

Photo: Coughlin

The Knight fire has burned 600 acres on the Stanislaus National Forest in the Middle Fork Stanislaus River canyon. Allen Johnson’s Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 1800 on Monday.

The fire is burning in difficult terrain and could turn into a long-duration incident. The weather is not helping either, with temperatures expected to be 95 to 100 degrees, 15% humidity, 4-9 mph winds gusting to 18, and a chance of thunderstorms.

From InciWeb:

The fire is well established in the canyon bottom and has burned all the way to the river. Hot shot crews are gathering intelligence and reconning to locate good anchor points where hand constructed fire line can built from the river all the way up to the ridgeline on both the east and west end of the fire. Access is very difficult, and the terrain is steep and rugged with heavy fuels–most of this river canyon country is very steep and completely inaccessible for dozers and fire engines.

Here is a map of the fire, dated July 28.

Map of Knight fire, July 28, 2009

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