NORTH FORK — As activity on the Fork Fire winds down, the only signs many will see of the recent burn are some charred trees along the roadway and the pink retardant painting trees, mailboxes and rooftops.
The fire is now 90 percent contained at 38 acres, and crews continue to be demobilized to return to their home units, or head out to other active wildfires.
As the Riverside Strike Team prepared ready to leave this morning, others were arriving to finish out the last big day of mop-up and patrol on the fire, including a Strike Team from the Tuolumne Calaveras Unit, and three ground crews from Mt. Bullion in Mariposa.
According to Incident Commander Jeff McCarroll, they anticipate total control by tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.
After a day of work by about 75 firefighters today, the fire will be on patrol status through the night with one engine monitoring the situation.
Residents and firefighters alike continue to deal with the dangers of falling trees.
The Fork Fire was reported just before 6 p.m. on Friday, July 29, as a residential structure fire in the Mill Housing on the south side of Road 225 in South Fork. Three structures and about half-a-dozen vehicles were destroyed in that initial fire, which quickly spread to the vegetation and jumped Road 225.