French Fire update for August 5th

Incident Overview

Cooler weather helped suppression actions throughout the night, allowing crews and equipment to make good progress in line construction along the northwest perimeter. Fire still remains active along the northwest perimeter. Today crews will continue building and reinforcing containment lines on the north and west perimeters. The east perimeter has burned down to the San Joaquin River.

Fire crews will begin fire line suppression repair work, which is repairing or improving fire damaged lands unlikely to recover on their own. The extent of repair will vary depending upon intended use after the fire. For example, the dozers will pull berms back onto the trail and return the line to original grade to prevent concentrations of water flow. Fire hand crews will construct waterbars at or below the slope break. After the fire is cold, slash and debris can be scattered along the length of the fire line.An investigation has concluded that an abandoned campfire near the Rock Creek Campground was the cause of the French Fire. The abandoned campfire was located towards the bottom of Rock Creek Road, near the San Joaquin River. Investigators are asking for the public's help for information about anyone who was seen in the area of Rock Creek Road near the San Joaquin River during the afternoon or evening of Sunday July 27. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the 559-877-2605.


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.

ClosuresA 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: .

Basic Information

Current as of 8/5/2014 9:14:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human
Date of Origin Monday July 28th, 2014 approx. 05:45 AM
Location Mammoth Pool
Incident Commander Dave Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,883
Size 13,717 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
Fuels Involved

Timber with some brushy areas


Planned Actions

Line construction on the north and northwest perimeter. Structure protection in Arnold Meadows will continue. Fire line suppression repair will be started on the southern end of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Crews will continue building and reinforcing containment lines on the north, west and south perimeters.


Interior fire continues to burn out in the north portion of the fire. Direct line was completed from Chiquito Creek to the west.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cloudy with cooler temperatures today.