The GeoMAC mapping image of the Basin Complex fire reveals no active burning at 6:00 pm July 11. It’s hard to believe there has been no advancement on any front since noon today. Commander Deitrich reports the fire has grown to 113,000 acres, an increase of 4,000 acres since this morning.
The Basin incident command maintains their conservative tone in this evening’s report. They still expect the fire to grow to 170,000 acres and do not expect containment until July 30.
Eighteen helicopters and six fixed wing aircraft remain assigned but the total number of firefighters assigned to the incident has dropped by nearly 100 to a total of 2,050.
Thirteen engines were released today while 53 overhead positions were added. These are most likely division and branch supervisors rotating in to take over for guys timing out.
One reason the fire slowed today is the red flag warning expired before sunrise this morning.
Fire command has to be very happy with the fire behavior today. Residents in lower Carmel Valley may have caught a break.
It was a good day but it’s not over yet. Here is the five day weather forecast for the Carmel Valley.