French Fire near Isabella Lake grows to 13,000 acres

1:28 p.m. PDT August 23, 2021

French Fire map 8 p.m. PDT August 22, 2021
Map of the French Fire. The black line was the perimeter determined by a fixed wind mapping flight at 8 p.m. PDT August 22, 2021. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3:51 a.m. PDT August 23, 2021. The dark red areas had intense heat during the mapping flight. Green indicates Sequoia National Forest.

From the French Fire Incident Management Team at about 10:30 a.m. Monday:

“On Sunday, Aug. 22, fire crews constructed a handline near Wagy Flat Road (Forest Road No. 25S02) to hold the fire and connect into a previous controlled line. Crews were also successful continuing handline from the Sawmill Road break to the division break that is one mile south of Wagy Flat.

“Today [Monday] crews will continue to mop up in those areas and pay close attention to the structures off the Sawmill Road. Further west, towards Rancheria Road (Forest Road No. 25S15), there was some fire growth and fire crews successfully used dozers and hand crews to catch the smaller spot fire that slopped over onto Borderline Road. Crews will work towards Rancheria Road constructing direct line with a strong probability they can get up to Rancheria Road within the upcoming days.”

12:03 p.m. PDT August 22, 2021

French Fire map
French Fire map. The black line was the perimeter determined by a fixed wing mapping flight at 8:32 p.m. PDT August 21, 2021. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 2:32 a.m. PDT August 22, 2021. The dark red areas had intense heat during the mapping flight.

On Saturday the French Fire west of Isabella Lake in Southern California exhibited group torching of trees and long-range spotting, but the activity slowed during the night. The blaze has burned 13,341 acres.

For Sunday firefighters are concerned about the spot fire west of Alta Sierra which is a threat for the residences in that area.

Additional spread is possible with upslope runs and long range spotting to the east.

To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the French Fire, including the most recent, click HERE.

The weather forecast for Sunday calls for 2 to 6 mph winds out of the northwest, 77 degrees, and 40 percent relative humidity. Slightly stronger winds are expected on Monday with lower humidity.

Crews have confirmed that eight residences have been destroyed.

Evacuations are still in effect. The county has developed a map showing the areas affected.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “French Fire near Isabella Lake grows to 13,000 acres”

  1. This is just too sad. All the fires burning out of control. We have a cabin in Posey. We’re hoping it goes around us. I guess we’ll be going up there to try to save something out of this tragedy. Let’s all say a prayer for the firemen trying so hard to containing these fires. God Bless all those who have been effected by this and those who might be effected by it.

  2. I as a wife to a retired wildland fire fighter and mom to a son currently the same and grandson also a son in law and grand son both dozer operators on the Caldro fire. We need prayers and support regardless of where the are assigned in air and ground. They have put their lives on that line trying to put the fire out saving natural resources communities structures as well as lives
    I don’t think it’s fair that they have to pay taxes on this income. Long hours and sleep not the best yet they are willing to get the job done. Request letters to Senators of your districts and request that this be addressed. These are our front line responders. Putting their life on the line

  3. I feel that all professionals who regularly put their lives on the line for others must be afforded the best protection and support our country can give them, including opportunities for their choice of education, loans for housing, free housing if hard times befall them, free transportation if their income is insufficient ~ all this is both currently and at any time in the future, consideration of the physical location of their housing as they choose, and full health insurance of the best quality.

    As for taxes, the US would do well to use Singapore’s system of no taxation. Instead, a percentage of their salaries, similar to what we pay in income tax, is kept accounted in each person’s Provident Fund which builds over their lifetime. Their Fund is theirs to spend on certain things, like housing, medical, and many others. Many Singaporeans spend it on housing. Their modern high-rise apartments are wonderful, looking down on fresh forest all around and views of the oceans in the distance. Playgrounds and shops are on the ground level. Each apartment has a washer and dryer. A young couple can afford one after a few years of working, paid for from their Provident Fund.

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