Central California District
Bureau of Land Management
5152 Hillsdale Circle
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
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.
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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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.
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 18th, 2021 approx. 04:30 PM|
|Location||30 miles NE of Bakersfield|
|Coordinates||35.687 latitude, -118.55 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||98%|
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.
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.
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.