They feel that they have the Indians fire pretty much where they can handle it. There is a fire-line to the north of the fire running along Arroyo Seco Rd that they have been able to burn away from to establish an area of protection. They plan to drop firestarters from helicopters to burn the unburnt area between this fire-line and the fire.
They will then consider this fire almost-but-not-quite controlled as this will leave isolated pockets of unburnt country that could continue flaring up given the right weather conditions. The fire may not be considered out until the rains come in the fall.
The Basin fire continues to burn out of control to the north, south and east.
- to the south it jumped one possible control line last night and the next line may be close to the San Luis Obispo county line.
- to the north the fire is moving actively and continues to threaten houses and businesses.
- to the east the fire continues to move slowly but relentlessly into the wilderness.
They have recently started construction of this box by reworking the dozer lines that were used in previous fires - these lines cross Tassajara Road at Chews Ridge heading north and south.
They also plan to back burn from the Tassajara Road within this box, possibly starting this within the next week if weather conditions allow.
There are many scenarios for protecting Tassajara that vary with the direction in which the fire approaches.
The recurring theme of the conversation was that they don't know what will happen as how the fire behaves and how they are able to combat the fire depends almost entirely on the weather.