Moonlight Fire Updates

Containment lines held through the Red Flag warning yesterday and winds were actually beneficial in reducing the risk to lines, aiding interior burning.

The fire is now 90% contained at 65,000 acres.

Full containment is expected on Monday, September 17.

The cost to date is $22 million.

Due to the successful suppression efforts on critical portions of the fire, mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted for North Arm in Indian Valley, Taylorsville, Genesee Valley, Franks Valley and North Valley Road to Pecks Valley in Greenville.

A mandatory evacuation order continues for Antelope Lake, Wilcox Valley and Taylor Lake.

Indian Valley residents will see smoke in the morning for the next few days as smoke funnels down drainages and is kept low by an inversion.

Smoke should clear by afternoon as light winds aid in dispersal.

Residents in the Susanville and Janesville areas may see smoke for the next few days due to the southwest winds.

Fire crews will continue to hold and mop-up 500 feet from control lines on the west side and in heavy fuel areas aligned with drainages, and 200 feet from lines on the north, south, and east sides of the fire.

Structure protection will continue in portions of the Diamond Mountain, North Arm, Indian Valley, and Wilcox Valley areas.

The fire will now be managed by a single incident commander and many crews will be released today.

The Fire Information call center will reduce hours from 6 am to 6 pm.

A Forest Closure Order remains in place to ensure safety in the vicinity of the fire.

Road closures will continue for upper Genesee Valley at the junction of Genesee Valley Road and Flournoy Bridge (29N43), and at the junction of 28N01 (Janesville Grade) and 28N03 (Antelope Lake Road).

To provide for firefighter safety, only residents will be allowed on the
Diamond Mtn. and North Arm Roads in Indian Valley.

During the course of the incident over 1,000 hours of flight time was
logged by aviation resources. Additionally, the Chester Air Tanker Base
provided over 500,000 gallons of retardant to the incident.

Please check www.inciweb.org for the latest updates.


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