Crews work to control the Indian Fire.
Photo by Steven King

3:21 p.m.: The Cal Fire helicopter was released from the fire.

3:05 p.m.: TC photographer Steven King reports "it looks primarily like ground fuel, they have a handle on it, heli[copter] circulating but not currently dropping."

2:47 p.m.: Indian Fire incident commander has started canceling resources, a good sign. IC is requesting an arson investigator.

2:39 p.m.: A flare-up at the earlier Saunders Meadow incident diverted two engine from what is known as the Indian Fire near Pine Cove.

Crews head out to work the Indian Fire.
Photo by Steven King

2:38 p.m.: Dispatch includes at least four engine crews, two water tankers, and an air tanker. More resources have been ordered.

A Cal Fire helicopter picks up water from Foster Lake to drop on the Indian Fire.
Photo by Hosny Shouman

2:11 p.m. Update: Fire is 3/4 acre, moving at a slow to moderate rate of speed. Helicopter has no where to land to drop a crew so it will make water bucket drops. Ground crew is attempting to lay hose.

2:04 p.m. U.S. Forest Service firefighters responded to a smoke showing at Pine Cove Road and USFS Road 5S09 at just after 2 p.m. The smoke was white in color. No threat to any structures at this time.


Photos and video below by Jack Clark