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Knight Fire Reaches 80 Percent Containment

Sonora, CA — As of this morning the 6,150 acre Knight Fire is 80 percent contained with full containment still scheduled for 6pm Sunday.

As the work continues to wind down, deployment increases every day. Earlier this week there were more than 1,300 firefighters on site. Today there are only 433.

Resources are also being decreased. Today there will only be two helicopters involved with the effort, 12 engines, 14 water tenders, three dozers along with six Type One hand crews and four Type Two hand crews.

Also today control of the fire is being turned over to the Stanislaus National Forest from the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Allen Johnson; Incident Commander).

The cost of fighting the 13 day old fire to date stands at $11.1 million.

Still no cause of this fire has been announced by officials.