The Basin Fire burned over 9,000 acres yesterday with slope driven runs, spotting and torching in the East Zone. The area around Tassajara is now completely burned out and the crew report that they had a quiet night and are planning to rest today and to start to assessing the damage. They held morning service in the zendo.
To the north, the fire was held at the Pine Ridge trail with helicopters dropping a lot of retardant in an attempt to prevent the fire reaching the dozer lines. Jack Froggatt dropped by this morning on his way to the ridge this morning and said that hand crews would begin fighting the fire on the ground to try to protect this ridge line.
He also told us that it could be a week before the road was open. They have to be confident that the fire is not going to cut off their escape routes before they can send in dozers to begin to clear the many large rocks and downed trees. David reports that the parking lot at Tassajara is now a boulder field.
Jack also told us that the fire burned so hot and fast that it killed off most of the vegetation and that there could be problems from falling rocks and trees for a couple of years.