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Knight Fire Reaches 60 Percent Containment

Sonora, CA — Although the Knight Fire has now burned 6,105 acres, officials report the blaze is 60 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.

Pat Kaunert of the Stanislaus National Forest states the 12 day old fire is now definitely in the “winding down” stage. While fire lines are continually strengthened the rehabilitation process to protect the land from severe erosion come the winter stormes is well underway.

Resources have been drastically reduced. Over the weekend there were in excess of 1,300 firefighters on site … today there are only 663. Many have been deployed to other fires or returned to their respective stations awaiting a next call.

Today’s resources for $10.6 million fire include eight helicopters (including four heavylift helos that carry 2,000 gallons of water each), 24 engines, 19 water tenders, five dozers, 20 Type One hand crews and three Type Two hand crews.

Click KNIGHT FIRE for the fire location map.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com