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10-2-15 Rough Fire Update

Incident: Rough Fire Wildfire
Released: 10/2/2015

Rough Fire Update

Friday, October 2, 2015
Fire Information Line: 559-549-4837

Date Started: July 31, 2015 Cause: Lightning Size: 151,623 acres Containment: 87%

Structures Destroyed: 4 Firefighter injuries to date: 12 Total Personnel: 387

Fire Resources: 8 crews, 15 engines, 4 helicopters, 5 bulldozers, 11 water tenders

FIRE SUMMARY: As the Rough fire enters into October, crews have been working diligently for 63 days to achieve full containment. Cooler weather with light precipitation over the fire area has aided firefighters with mop-up and suppression efforts. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is assessing long term threats to life, property, water quality and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage.

Further updates will occur when there is significant information to report


Cooler weather and light precipitation was received over parts of the fire area today. Warmer and dryer air is expected to move into the area over the next two days. Forecasters are predicting another low pressure system to arrive on Sunday with a chance of precipitation.

Fire crews are patrolling and mopping-up 200 feet into the fire perimeter, extinguishing hot spots that may compromise containment lines. Isolated smoke may be observed as logs and stumps in the interior of the fire continue to smolder. Suppression repair and rehabilitation efforts are focused on the western portion of the fire as other areas near completion. These crews are repairing had lines, dozer lines, removing hazard trees and installing water bars to prevent erosion.

The Forest Service reminds hunters and visitors to the forest that closures are still in effect for public and fire fighter safety. Highway 180 remains closed north of Grant Grove; however, the public can still visit the General Grant Tree, Grant Grove Visitor Center and points south to Giant Forest.

Visit for the latest recreation and park information.

All areas within the North Zone are in patrol status by air and ground resources.

AREA CLOSURES: Area closures for public and firefighter safety remain in place on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park.

The latest Rough Fire Information can be found at:

Unit Information

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Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Clovis, CA 93611

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