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Bullfrog Fire

Unit Information

Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

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Incident Contact

Alex Olow
Phone: 559-269-2259

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2020 Regional Emergency Forest Closure Orders Extended
Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the extension a temporary closure of all eighteen National...
Closure - 09/19/2020
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Bullfrog Fire UpdateStart Date: September 9, 2020 1,185 acres have burned, 45% Containment achieved, 37 personnel assigned, Cause: Unknown, under investigation

The Bullfrog Fire is not related to the Creek Fire, it is burning in timber, understory litter, brush and short grass. Firefighters continue to be supported by two military chinook helicopters allowing for big gains on the line in Division (DIV) A. The water drops were provided were provided most of the day until smoke covered the area preventing further flights. DIV Z where the new acreage gains occurred remains unmanned, in this division the low intensity fire is burning into a rocky outcropping and holding.

Air support will continue to support the crews with frequent water drops while the air is clear of smoke.
DIV A has line constructed adding to containment if the line holds for the next 24-48 hours. Challenges that the fire crews are still  facing consists of trees falling over the line in some locations causing some spotting that is quickly suppressed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday September 09th, 2020 approx. 03:15 PM
LocationForty-three miles northeast of Clovis, CA., on the eastern fringe of the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness west of Courtright Reservoir.
Incident CommanderUSFS/Sierra - Issac Naylor Type 3 IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates37.141 latitude, -119.025 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel43
Size1,185 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained45%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

It is burning in timber, understory litter, brush and short grass. There is no recorded recent fire history in the fire area.


Planned Actions

Planned actions: Today,crews will continue suppression and containment work started along the southeast edge. A direct containment approach will be used where firefighter safety permits and with aircraft support. The handline with hose-lay to protect Courtright Village if the fire moves south as a contingency plan has been completed.

Projected Incident Activity

Low to moderate increases in acreage still observed as fire behavior remains low/moderate due to inversion layer over fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry weather will continue over the district for at least the next seven days, with temperatures above normal as a weak high pressure system move in over the weekend. Generally light terrain driven winds will prevail through midweek then increasing southwest and west winds for the end of the week.