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 the north, west and south perimeters. The east perimeter has burned down to the San Joaquin River, effectively removing those fuels and diminishing the possibility of the fire jumping the San Joaquin River.
Structure defense continues in the Arnold Meadow area, which was evacuated last Friday.
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.
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There are currently 1,813 assigned to the incident.
Weather today is forecast to be cloudy with much cooler temperatures of around 80,with potential for showers/thunderstorms and less smoke as the upper low moves over the area.