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Incident #: SNF-745 Fire Start: 4 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
Fire Growth Potential
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...
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
Date of Origin
Friday July 13th, 2018 approx. 08:30 PM
Highway 140 and Savages Trading Post
Mark Smith Incident Commander, Logan Sanders IC trainee Sierra National Forest
37.652 latitude, -119.881 longitude
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday August 22nd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
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.
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.
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