Ferguson Fire


Incident #: SNF-745
Fire Start: 9 months ago
Location: 1.5 miles W of El Portal, CA
Acres: 96,901
Agency: Sierra National Forest Center (CA-SNF)
Dispatch Notes: Contain: 08/18/18 1800 control: 09/28/18 1800 out: 11/28/18 1500

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 24 mins, 59 secs ago — SUMMARY The Ferguson Fire started on Friday night, July 13 at 9:36 PM in the South Fork Merced River drainage on Sierra National Forest. In the steep, rugged terrain, with scarcely any road access and a heavy presence of beetle-killed trees, firefighters knew it would be more than a challenge to contain. In the first 24 hours, it had grown to 828 acres, as management of the fire was taken over by the Southern Central Sierra Interagency Management Team Type 2 and an incident command post was set up at Ahawahnee Hills Regional Park near Oakhurst, California. Under unified command between the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, and the Mariposa County Sheriff, the community of Jerseydale among others were evacuated. Also on the second day of the fire, heavy equipment operator Braden Varney from the Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced unit was tragically killed in a bulldozer rollover accident while constructing line in a steep canyon. One week later, management of the fire transitioned on...


Incident Contact
Sierra National Forest
Phone: 559-297-0706
Hours: M-F 8AM-4:30PM
Fire Unit Information
Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Friday July 13th, 2018 approx. 08:30 PM
Highway 140 and Savages Trading Post
Incident Commander
Mark Smith Incident Commander, Logan Sanders IC trainee
Sierra National Forest
37.652 latitude, -119.881 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
96,901 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday August 22nd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Chaparral, Short grass and Timber.
With the absence of recent fire there is an abundance of dead material within the live crown of the brush component surrounding the fire area.
There is also a significant amount of bug kill timber adjacent to the fire area. South slope in the lower elevations of the Merced River and adjacent tributaries consist of light flashy fuels.
Significant Events
Fire equipment is working in the Anderson Flat area.

A chipping operation is ongoing in the Wawona area.

Glacier Point Road is now open as of 8:AM Thursday August 30th.


Planned Actions
The fire east of El Portal and north of Highway 140 continues to be in patrol status.

Resources are addressing hazard trees along all roads and containment lines, while patrolling the fire area.
Projected Incident Activity
Suppression repair continues throughout all divisions.
Smoke and some burning within the interior of the fire will continue to produce smoke.

The incident base for the Ferguson Fire is located at the Batterson Station in Oakhurst.

Suppression Repair Progress - newly revised to 247 miles due to better mapping.
Completed Line: 145 miles (59%)
In Progress: 21 miles (8%)
Need Repair: 81 miles (33%)
Total: 247 miles