French Incident

July 28, 2014 

A fire burning in the area between Rock Creek and Fish Creek campgrounds, in the San Joaquin River drainage — named the French Incident — has burned more than 500 acres in steep, rough terrain above North Fork.

The fire began near the San Joaquin River bottom along the north side, and has burned uphill and sideways towards Mile High Vista above Mammoth Pool.

The Rock Creek and Fish Creek campgrounds have been evacuated, and Mammoth Pool/Minarets Road at the Ross Cabin, and also at the Grizzly cutoff intersection have been closed. No one will be allowed through except emergency personnel. Motorists are urged to avoid this area.

As of early Monday afternoon, there were four air tankers, two type one helitack, two type 2 helicopters, two air attack and one lead plane on scene. A type 1 strike team from Cal Fire, two type 2 Forest Service crews, and a Second type 1 strike team has also been ordered. Three orders for type 1 hand crews, six engines, one dozer, one water tender, one dozer are en route. Also two type 3 strike engines have been ordered.

The fire was reported by Shuteye Peak Lookout at approximately 5:45 a.m., Monday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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