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Firefighters Gain Ground On Northwest Line Of French Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Crews made excellent progress on the French Fire overnight. Cooler weather helped with suppression efforts and direct line construction along the northwest perimeter, the most active area of the fire. The French Fire is now listed at 13,717 acres with 40% containment. There are currently 1,883 personnel assigned to the incident.

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French Fire Update August 4

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Cloud cover over the French Fire today helped with suppression activities, allowing crews and equipment to make good progress in line construction along the northwest perimeter, the area of most concern for the fire management team. Crews have now completed line around 40% of the perimeter. As fire on the interior continued to burn out in ...

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Cooler Temps Help Crews On French Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Crews made good progress overnight on the French Fire, aided by cloud cover and lower temperatures. The fire is now estimated at 13,267 acres with 30% containment. Ground crews and equipment continued line construction along the northwest perimeter of the fire, the area of greatest concern. Today crews will continue building and reinforcing containment lines on ...

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French Fire Update August 3

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Unstable weather is expected in the area of the French Fire overnight, after lower temperatures and higher humidity throughout the day provided some welcome relief. Planners expect cloudy conditions with potential showers and thunderstorms tonight with light winds, which will be more erratic near any thunderstorms. So far an estimated 12,827 acres have been burned, and ...

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Cooler Temps Expected On French Fire Today

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Cooler weather and lower temperatures are expected to help fire crews on the French Fire today. Some 12,827 acres have been charred by the fire which is now 20% contained. The burnout operation was completed on the southern end of the fire last night to secure containment lines down to the San Joaquin River. Direct fire ...

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French Fire Caused By Campfire – Officials Seek Public's Help

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for causing the French Fire. An investigation has concluded, and it has been determined that an abandoned campfire near the Rock Creek Campground was the cause of the French Fire on the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest.

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French Fire Keeps Moving North

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The French Fire has now grown to 11,466 acres with 15% containment. Yesterday’s active fire behavior continued throughout the night as the fire moved to the western shore of Mammoth Pool just north of the boat ramp. Last night’s infrared images show the largest areas of growth on the northern sections of the fire. A firing ...

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French Fire Forces Arnold Meadow Evacuation

MADERA COUNTY – This afternoon, under the direction of Sheriff John Anderson, the Madera County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) issued an emergency evacuation notice to those who live or vacation in Arnold Meadow. With large embers spotting out ahead of the French Fire, conditions required the mandatory evacuation, and a notice was issued through MC-Alert. There were roughly 11 ...

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New Pow Wow Dates Due To French Fire

NORTH FORK – Sierra Mono Indian Museum has announced that the 44th Annual Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow, previously set for this Saturday, Aug. 2, has been rescheduled due to poor air quality as a result of the French Fire burning on the Sierra National Forest. That’s the bad news, and there’s also good news. The event has now ...

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French Fire Now Over 8,000 Acres

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The most recent updates from fire officials show the French Fire now at 8,207 acres with 15% containment. Once again, a blanket of thick smoke hangs over the mountains and foothills, limiting flight time for air operations supporting a burnout on the southern edge of the fire. As the top priority, work to improve that southern ...

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