French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

French Fire has burned 25,782 acresThe French Fire started on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County, has now burned 25,782 acres with 43 percent containment. A National Incident Management Team (NIMO) is managing the fire, integrated with California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, and coordinating closely with the Bureau of Land Management, Sequoia National Forest, and Kern County Fire Department in Unified Command. At press time the following roads were closed: Hwy 155 to western Sequoia National Forest boundary. Sawmill Road at the top of Sawmill Pass. Old State Road in Wofford Heights. 24S15 at Kern/Tulare County Line.

The Dixie Fire, which started on July 13, is still seeing explosive growth in parts of Butte, Plumas, Lassen and Tehama counties even as containment slowly rises. As of Wednesday, Cal Fire reports that the Dixie Fire is now a total of 844,081 acres. It started this Tuesday morning at just over 800,000 acres. Containment is now up to 52 percent. Firefighters are continuing to battle warm temperatures and high winds.

The Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe started on August 14. This week, Wednesday was the third consecutive day that high wind made the fire threaten the city. “Although Thursday was calmer and no homes  have been reported lost  in the valley south of South Lake Tahoe, any fresh gusts of wind could whip the Caldor Fire up again,” said Diana Swart, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

Laura Austin Photo: After more than a month the smoke still lingers from the mountain tops to the valley floor. Many areas in the State of California is still engulfed in flames. We continue to receive the smoke emanating from those fire.

Story First Published: 2021-09-03