French Fire Sends Smoke Into the Mountains

French Fire Sends Smoke Into the Mountains

The French Fire continues to grow and is sending smoke into the mountain areas.
Date: August 2, 2014 Time: 8:00 AM

French Fire
Location: The fire is burning in the area between Rock Creek and Fish Creek campgrounds, in the San Joaquin River drainage, Bass Lake Ranger District, in the Sierra National Forest.

Acres Burned:
11,466
Structures Threatened:
34
Containment:
15%
Structures Destroyed:
0
Fire Started:
July 28, 2014
Injuries:
1
Cause:
Under investigation

Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 1560



Summary
Fire activity continued throughout the night in the north and northwest perimeters of the fire. A firing operation was started last night in the areas near Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort on the northern perimeter. The fire is expected to be active again in the northern and northwest perimeter on both sides of the Minarets Road as the fire moves into more dense fuels. The final burning operation is planned for the southern edge of the fire to reinforce completed containment line.

The French Fire will continue to produce large amounts of smoke, which has impacted local communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. Up-slope breezes occur during the day, which will often take smoke into higher elevations. In the evening, these winds change direction and bring smoke down slope to lower elevations. For more information about smoke impacts, please visit the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Districts website at: http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm
Evacuations
Residents living in the community of Arnold Meadow were notified to evacuate due to increased fire activity along the northern perimeter of the fire. Several summer homes in the Hogue Apple Ranch and Wagner’s Resort were evacuated earlier in the week.

Closures
A Forest Service Area Road and Trail Closure, Forest Order # 15-14-07, has been issued for the French Fire area. More information about the Forest Closure and the closure can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/o44cvyu
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