French Fire Update

August 2, 2014 

Incident Overview

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.

Basic Information

Current as of August 2, 2014 7:33:07 AM PDT
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday July 28th, 2014 approx. 05:45 AM
Location Rock Creek Drainage
Incident Commander Dave Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,560
Size 11,466 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%
Fuels Involved

Timber with some brushy areas

Significant Events

Last night's infrared shows that the northern, northeastern, and western division M,X & Y perimeters were the largest areas of growth. The northeastern perimeter has extended to the western shore of Mammoth Pool, just north of the boat ramp.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Structure defense in the Hogue Ranch, Kinsman Flat, and Arnold Meadows area will continue to be the primary objective.

Projected Incident Activity

Perimeter will continue to grow on the north and west sides of the fire.

Remarks

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot temperatures with smoky conditions until afternoon.

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