update: As of 9:00 there have been no injuries, loss of life or structures. Structure protection is being done for Carvin and possibly will move to Haskell Creek Summer Home Tract (1.5 mi East of Carvin). Aerial assault has commenced with the rising sun - both helicopter and fix wing. Helicopters are using Lower Sardine as a refill - short turn around is very beneficial. Fire is currently being reported at 1800 acres - a square mile is 640 acres... its getting big.
Here's a map of the area. The grouping of lakes on the left side includes Sardine Lake. Haskell is as marked. Note the scale on the bottom left. The fire is more than 2 square miles, which doesn't leave a lot of room between Gold Lake Road and Haskell Creek.
The Bassetts Fire is approx 500 acres with a rapid rate of spread moving from Bassetts toward the east - about a mile north of Hwy 49.
Winds have been high.
Backfiring operations are underway around Bassetts and Carvin Creek. Some progress in linebuilding was made last night on the north side of the fire.
Handline and dozer line were being built last night. The objective is to keep the fire north of Highway 49. Currently 18 engines, 5 water tenders, 4 dozers, 4 hand crews are providing structure protection and building dozer and hand line. More resources are on order.
Bassetts Station was evacuated along with Carvin Creek Recreation Residence Tract of about 20 recreation cabins. Evacuation is now recommended for Haskell Creek Home Tract. [this is where our cabin is]
Structure protection has been installed at Carvin Creek Residence Tract.
photo posted by a local resident:
From the Sierra City chat site at http://sierracity.com/wwwboard/wwwboard.html:
According to Mike at Bassett's, the fire started about 2:00pm near the sand shed just off the old Gold Lake Rd, went straight up the hill and jumped the Gold Lake Rd and is heading northeast. Air tankers and fire crews are hitting it hard already. The Gold Lake Rd is closed to all traffic and hwy 49 may be too shortly to allow for fire trucks. Stay tuned
Bassetts Fire in Sierra County. Goldlake Forest Highway from Hwy49 to Hwy 89 is closed for this fire which is currently reported at 100 acres, with rapid rates of spread. Tahoe National Forest is responding. 4 airtankers, 1 helicopter, 5 engines, 2 water tenders, 3 handcrews and 1 dozer are on site. Picture courtesy of Michael Gates.
Highway 49 closed due to Bassetts fire
By Ramon Coronado - Bee Staff Writer
Published 7:36 am PDT Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Highway 49 at its junction with Highway 89 in Sierra County was closed Wednesday morning due to a forest fire, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The junction is expected to remain closed until 6 p.m., the CHP said.
The Bassetts fire, which started Tuesday at about 2 p.m., is burning 15 miles east of Downieville and north of Highway 49 in the Tahoe National Forest.
As of Wednesday morning, close to 400 acres had burned and structures were being threatened, according to the National Forest Service.