Bullfrog Fire continues to burn, now 900 acres

Bullfrog Fire

 Prather, California September 14, 2020 - The Bullfrog is located forty-three miles northeast of Clovis, CA., on the eastern fringe of the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness west of Courtright Reservoir. This fire is not related to the Creek Fire, it is a separate start discovered on September 09, 2020 at approximately 3:09 PM. It is being managed by the Sierra National Forest using a suppression strategy taking advantage of trails, natural features, and hand crews to fully suppress this fire. 

The Bullfrog Fire has burned 900 acres and is 0% contained. The reduction in acreage as reported earlier is lower due to more accurate mapping. It is burning in timber, understory litter, brush and short grass. moderate fire behavior has been observed with single and group tree torching, with short range spotting. The fire’s growth continues, with spotting to the southeast.

Hazardous conditions for firefighters include steep rocky terrain and heavy fuel loads. Several needed resources are on order to support the firefight for this incident, but availability is limited due to other fires with priority in the region. Two engines and twenty personnel from the Sierra National Forest are assigned to the incident. Bullfrog Fire on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7191/

The Forest is prioritizing firefighting resources to protect life first and then property and infrastructure. At the present time there is a low to moderate threat to Courtright Village. The village is located on the northwest part of Courtright Reservoir and consists of 50 residential structures There will be updates on the Bullfrog Fire as information is received. The Sierra National Forest is currently under a regional emergency closure order. All area, road and trail closures in effect until further notice.

Also, the #CreekFire, which has been burning since September 5, 2020 has grown to approximately 212,744 acres with 10% 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.