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French Fire Continues To Grow; Structure Protection A Focus For Firefighters

U.S. Forest Service via InciWeb

Wrapped cabin at Placer Guard Station.

U.S. Forest Service via InciWeb

Latest French Fire Update

By CapRadio.org staff

Firefighters are focusing on protecting structures in the path of the French Fire, wrapping some historic cabins in fire retardant foil in some cases. The fire, which began July 28, has burned nearly 13,000 acres, and was 30 percent contained as of late Sunday.

There are 1,813 personnel assigned to the incident.

Fire officials say containment lines have been completed down to the San Joaquin River and to Chiqito Creen to 4S81 Road on the northern permiter. Crews are doing structure defense in the Arnold Meadow area on the northern permiter - an area with evacuation orders.

Several summer homes in the Hogue Apple Ranch and Wagner’s Resort were evacuated earlier in the week.

Investigators determined that an abandoned campfire near the Rock Creek Campground was the cause of the fire, and they are asking the public's help for information about anyone seen in the area of Rock Creek Road near the San Joaquin River on July 27.

The fire continues to produce large amounts of smoke, and officials recommend that outdoor activities be planned for times and places with lower smoke levels. For more information abou the impacts of smoke, visit the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District website.

Closures: A Forest Service Area Road and Trail Closure has been issued for the French Fire area. More information about the Forest Closure and the closure can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/o44cvyu .

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