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The Donnell Fire challenge coin is 1-3/4″ in diameter and nickel plated with hard enamel.  The font of the coin shows final perimeter of fire that started on August 1, 2018.  The back shows the Dardanelle Gas Station Pump that remained standing.

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The Donnell Fire was a wildfire that started on August 1, 2018 due to an unknown cause, near Donnell Reservoir, burning around California State Route 108 in Tuolumne County, California and in the Stanislaus National Forest. It spread rapidly, and the Forest Service closed a California state highway, many forest service roads, campgrounds, wilderness areas, access to privately-owned inholdings, and the Pacific Crest Trail. The fire burned 36,450 acres (147.5 km2), and destroyed 54 major structures and 81 minor structures, before the fire burned out on October 1. There were nine injuries caused by the fire, but no deaths.

Among the destroyed buildings were those of the historic Dardanelle Resort and the 1933 Dardanelle Bridge a unique bridge listed on the Historic American Engineering Record. Both were at Dardanelle, an unincorporated community on California State Route 108, the highway to Sonora Pass.

The ancient Bennett Juniper was threatened by the fire, which came within half a mile, but the fire front stabilized after sustained ground and air attacks, and by the evening of August 14, it was no longer advancing toward the tree.

On October 1, 2018, InciWeb reported minimal fire activity. The fire was declared 100% contained on November 28, 2018.

Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 2 × 2 × .2 in


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