(UPDATED at 8:30 a.m. PDT, July 31, 2014)
Map of the 2014 French Fire at 11 p.m., July 30, 2014. The 2013 Aspen fire is shown on yellow.
The map above shows the perimeters of the French Fire (south of the Mammoth Pool Reservoir) on Tuesday night and Wednesday night, as well as the 2013 Aspen Fire that was just across the San Joaquin River. Scroll down to see a map that shows a larger area.
The French Fire burned intensely well into the night on Wednesday, adding another 1,402 acres, bringing the total to 7,024 acres. Most of the growth was on the northwest and southeast sides.
Firefighters are planning a burning operation on the southern end of the fire to reinforce the hand and dozer lines that were constructed from the San Joaquin River up to Forest Road 4S81. This anchor point will support structure defense in the Hogue Ranch and Kinsmans Flat areas, which are currently the highest priorities.
Several Forest Service and private campgrounds were evacuated, as well as some summer homes in the Hogue Apple Ranch and Wagner’s Resort.
(UPDATED at 7:25 p.m. PDT, July 30, 2014)
French Fire (burning now) and the 2013 Aspen Fire. (click to see a larger version)
We dug up the data for the July, 2013 Aspen Fire that was just across the drainage from where the French Fire is burning now — and put both fire perimeters on the above map.
Below is the 3-D version of the map.
3-D: French Fire (burning now) and the 2013 Aspen Fire. (click to see a larger version)