More optimism and more activity on the the fire lines in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, as we enter
another day in the effort to surround two wildfires. Higher humidity and cooler temperatures are expected to help both efforts.
In the Groveland area,
the Creek Fire shifted direction toward Greely Hill yesterday, prompting an evacuation order there. The blaze has now moved far enough in that direction to
allow an evacuation advisory for Groveland north of Highway 120 to be lifted.
On the road, Highway 49 has now been opened. Highway 120 was
opened earlier through Groveland. Firefighters will be working to eliminate residual hazards in the evacuation areas today, and there are tentative plans to send
some of the help that was imported from distant parts of California home.
In Calaveras County where the Leonard Fire is burning,
crews are also optimistic, although an evacuation order west of Whiskey Slide Road remains in effect.
That fire is 40 percent contained, but with 15
hundred 59 firefighters on the job, it´s hoped it can be surrounded by tomorrow evening. Backfires will be ingnited in an effort to choke off the fire´s fuel
supply. So far, it´s cost 2 million dollars to fight the fire. Estimated final cost…4 million.