Terrain
Satellite
OSM
French
FIRE
26,535.0
acres
22.7 mi
ENE of Bakersfield, CA
98%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
8 mins, 18 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7813
Fire Start:
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 9:30 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 4 days ago

Incident Photo for the French Fire

The French Fire started on Aug. 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County. It has burned 26,535 acres with 98 percent containment. The Bureau of Land Management and Sequoia National Forest are in Unified Command managing the fire.

Fuel Treatments
Year-round, federal agencies conduct fuels treatments, including removing hazard trees, chipping and prescribed controlled burns to remove excess fuels that can feed wildland fires near neighboring communities.

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Fire Closures:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a temporary closure for the Keysville Special Recreation Management Area to all public access, due to wildland fire danger.

Closure Order of All USDA Region 5 National Forests in California:
All National Forest lands in California are closed, Regional Order 21-07, to protect visitors, mountain communities, staff and firefighters.

Fire Restrictions:
Public lands managed by the Sequoia National Forest and the BLM Bakersfield Field Office are under fire restrictions. The use of propane stoves with an on/off switch is permitted, but campfires are not allowed.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Undetermined
Date of Origin:
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 4:30 PM PDT
Location:
30 miles NE of Bakersfield
Incident Description:
Wildfire
Coordinates:
35.687, -118.55
Size (Acres):
26,535
Containment:
98%
Fuels Involved:
Chaparral (6 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory) Timber (Grass and Understory)

Heavy fuel loading consisting of down and drought stressed trees, bug kill and a lack of fire history: particularly west of the fire.
Significant Events:
Minimal
Smoldering

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Repair work, patrol and monitoring of control lines.
Projected Incident Activity:
Minimal fire behavior, isolated to pockets of dead/down fuels and duff burning out in steep, rugged terrain. Isolated interior hot spots may have short duration flare ups of unburned brush.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Monday, conditions will remain dry, but temperatures will be a few degrees warmer. Winds will follow the usual trends with gusty westerly and up-canyon winds in the afternoon.

For Tuesday through mid-week, very little change is anticipated with seasonable temperatures and low relative humidity during the afternoon and evening. Typical daily afternoon winds will persist.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Serena Baker, BLM
Email: sbaker@blm.gov
Phone: 916-941-3146
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Central California District
Bureau of Land Management
5152 Hillsdale Circle
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762