Chicken Hawk Fire

Chicken Hawk Fire2


Friday, July 6, 2018, the Chicken Hawk Wildfire started on the American River Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest. Two local tankers from CAL FIRE arrived immediately along with a helicopter and an Air Attack Crew from the U.S. Forest Service, promptly put out the 2.51 acre blaze.

Chicken Hawk may be an unusual name for a fire and some may wonder, how they get their name. People may remember the little “Chicken Hawk” who appeared in the barnyard antics of Foghorn Leghorn in the Looney Tune cartoons. Most of the time, wildfires are named from the geographical location from where they start. Quickly naming a fire provides responding fire resources with additional locators and allows fire officials to track and prioritize incidents by name. In the American River Ranger District, the Chicken Hawk Fire was named because of its proximity to Chicken Hawk Road in the Forest Hill area.

Fortunately, the Chicken Hawk Fire is 100% contained. Nevertheless, there are many more fires still burning in California at the start of fire season.

Wildfires like this one are very dangerous, especially to those who live in communities nearby. That’s why we cannot stress enough to remind campers to extinguish campfires with water.


In these hot, dry times, please remember:

  1. Clear all flammable material away from the campfire for a minimum of five feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.
  2. Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.
  3. Have a responsible person in attendance at all times.
  4. Extinguish your campfire with water using the “drown, stir, and feel” method.”

Let’s do all we can to make sure campfires are completely out. For more information, check: