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 operation was started last night in the areas near Wagner’s Mammoth Pool Resort. The fire is expected to be active again in the northern and northwest perimeter on both sides of the Minarets Road as it moves into more dense fuels.
Fire activity in this area is preventing crews from using the Spike Camp at the Minarets Work Station, adding hours to their already long day as they make their way to safer sleeping accomodations.
Firefighters will perform the final burning operation for the southern edge of the fire to reinforce their completed containment line.
Structure defense in the Hogue Ranch, Kinsman Flat, and Arnold Meadows area will continue to be the primary objective.
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.
Hot temperatures and smoky conditions are expected to continue.