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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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The French Fire started on Aug. 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County. It has burned 26,535 acres with 99 percent containment. Crews continue to patrol, monitor and mop-up hotspots identified during a recent aerial flight. None of these heat sources affect the fire's perimeter. 

Repair Work
Several weeks of repair work are needed within the French Fire burn area. Heavy equipment crews are working in a clockwise rotation from Rancheria towards Alder Creek. The public should anticipate road closures with barriers.

The cleanup continues of trees blocking the Alder Creek. Hand crews will be replacing damaged fence lines.

Starting Oct. 6, Southern California Edison will be using a helicopter to set power poles on Rancheria and State Route 155 east of Summit Station. 

Closure
The Sequoia National Forest is closed to all public access within the French Fire burn area. This includes hunters, OHV riders and wood cutters.

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 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
CauseUndetermined
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

Total Personnel31
Size26,535 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained99%
Significant Events

Crews continue to patrol, monitor and mop-up hotspots identified during a recent aerial flight. None of these heat sources affect the fire's perimeter.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Several weeks of repair work are needed within the French Fire burn area. Heavy equipment crews are working in a clockwise rotation from Rancheria towards Alder Creek. The public should anticipate road closures with barriers.

The cleanup continues of trees blocking the Alder Creek. Hand crews will be replacing damaged fence lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Starting Oct. 6, Southern California Edison will be using a helicopter to set power poles on Rancheria and State Route 155 east of Summit Station.

Remarks

Reminder: The Sequoia National Forest is closed to all public access within the French Fire burn area. This includes hunters, OHV riders and wood cutters.