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French Fire (CA)

Unit Information

Central California District
Bureau of Land Management
5152 Hillsdale Circle
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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Incident Contacts

Serena Baker, BLM
Phone: 916-941-3146
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Alicia Embrey, USFS
Phone: 559-784-1500 ext. 1112

The French Fire started on Aug. 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County. It has burned 26,535 acres with 98 percent containment. The Bureau of Land Management and Sequoia National Forest are in Unified Command managing the fire.

Fuel Treatments
Year-round, federal agencies conduct fuels treatments, including removing hazard trees, chipping and prescribed controlled burns to remove excess fuels that can feed wildland fires near neighboring communities.

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Fire Closures:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a temporary closure for the Keysville Special Recreation Management Area to all public access, due to wildland fire danger.

Closure Order of All USDA Region 5 National Forests in California:
All National Forest lands in California are closed, Regional Order 21-07, to protect visitors, mountain communities, staff and firefighters.

Fire Restrictions:
Public lands managed by the Sequoia National Forest and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office are under fire restrictions. The use of propane stoves with an on/off switch is permitted, but campfires are not allowed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 18th, 2021 approx. 04:30 PM
Location30 miles NE of Bakersfield
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates35.687 latitude, -118.55 longitude

Current Situation

Size26,535 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory) Timber (Grass and Understory)

Heavy fuel loading consisting of down and drought stressed trees, bug kill and a lack of fire history: particularly west of the fire.

Significant Events




Planned Actions

Repair work, patrol and monitoring of control lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior, isolated to pockets of dead/down fuels and duff burning out in steep, rugged terrain. Isolated interior hot spots may have short duration flare ups of unburned brush.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monday, conditions will remain dry, but temperatures will be a few degrees warmer. Winds will follow the usual trends with gusty westerly and up-canyon winds in the afternoon.

For Tuesday through mid-week, very little change is anticipated with seasonable temperatures and low relative humidity during the afternoon and evening. Typical daily afternoon winds will persist.