The Bullfrog Fire remains at 900 acres forward progress has slowed due to the strong inversion layer that has been over the area for the last several days and is 0% contained. Changing weather on Thursday did see an increase in winds over the ridges near the fire creating single tree torching and showing more fire activity than previous days. Rain overnight in the area did not have a significant effect on the fire. The fire continues burning in timber, understory litter, brush and short grass.
Yesterday, the fire received another 20 personnel as the expected Type 2 Hand Crew arrived bolstering fire personnel already suppressing the fire to 47. This crew along with those already in place will continue suppression and containment work started along the southeast edge. The strategy is to use a minimal impact suppression tactic (MIST) using natural features trails, rocky outcrops, and creeks as breaks. A direct containment approach will be used where firefighter safety permits. The handline with hose-lay to protect Courtright Village if the fire moves south as a contingency plan has been completed. Ground crews will be supported by water dropping aircraft when possible as they build their containment lines.
Hazardous conditions for firefighters include rocky terrain, falling trees, and heavy fuel loads. Resources remain on order to support the firefight for this incident, but availability is limited due to other fires with a priority in the region. Two, five person engine modules, other personnel from the Sierra National Forest and a Type 2 Hand Crew with 20 crewmembers are assigned to the incident.
PRIORITIES: At the present time there is a low to moderate threat to Courtright Village. A control line has been constructed along with a hose lay to protect Courtright Village if the fire moves south as a contingency plan for structure protection. The village is located on the northwest part of Courtright Reservoir and consists of 50 residential structures.
Creek Fire: #CreekFire, which has been burning since September 5, 2020 has grown to approximately 248,256 acres with 20% containment. Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7147/
Smoke and widespread air quality impacts from the California wildfires remain the primary weather concern with the burning of several regional fires. For information about air quality, smoke conditions, and health effects, visit www.valleyair.org or visit www.airnow.gov.
There will be updates on the Bullfrog Fire as information is received. The Sierra National Forest is currently under a regional emergency closure order. See the Sierra National Forest webpage for more details on closures: www.fs.usda.gov/sierra.