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Ferguson Fire

Unit Information

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

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6PM Evening Update July 15, 2018

Ferguson Fire Wildfire
News – 7/15/2018

FERGUSON FIRE

Location: Merced River Canyon

Acres Burned:

4,310 acres

Structures Threatened:

108

Containment:

2%

Structures Destroyed:

0

Fire Started:

July 13, 2018

Injuries:

0

Cause:

Under Investigation

Fatalities:

1

Today crews improved structure protection measures along Highway 140 and continued to work to hold the fire north of Ferguson Ridge. The fire has slopped over Ferguson Ridge in several places and crews are working to secure this spread. Structure protection engines have arrived, and are setting up to protect home and business between Cedar Lodge area and Hite’s Cove. Additional engines are being inserted into Jerseydale and Yosemite West to formulate structure protection plans. Firefighters have also begun construction of contingency lines along Sweetwater Ridge south of the fire and along Pinoche Ridge on the fires north flank. Firefighters are aggressively fighting the fire at locations where they have the highest probability of success and they have adequate time to construct the fire ahead of its advance.

Follow InciWeb for updates on the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5927/

Mandatory Evacuation Areas that are currently under a mandatory evacuation include: Clearing House; Mariposa Pines; Cedar Lodge/Savage’s Trading Post and Sweetwater Ridge

Fire Advisement. Yosemite West and all of Jerseydale Road to Scott Road and Scott Road to Bear Clover are under Fire Advisement and should be prepared to evacuation should conditions change.

Road ClosureHighway 140 north of Mariposa remains closed due to firefighting activities and an on-going investigation into the fire’s cause. Hwy 140 is closed from Foresta Bridge to Briceburg. Other road closures included River Road from Briceburg to the gate at Railroad Flat and all Campground area closed. Hites Cover Road from Bear Clover Road to the Merced River.

Smoke Impacts:Smoke is expected to continue to impact adjoining communities, especially during night and early morning hours. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts by visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org.

U.S. Forest Service
Sierra National Forest

1600 Tollhouse Rd.

Clovis, CA 93611
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: www.fs.usda.gov/sierra