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French Fire cause determined

August 4, 2014

Smoke from the French Fire makes for an unusual sunset Friday evening. Photo by Liddy Butler

The effects of the French Fire, burning in the Sierra west of Rock Creek, were very apparent Friday and even more so through Saturday, with smoky skies making outdoor recreation very unpleasant at best.
As of Monday morning, the fire had burned 13,267 acres in the Rock Creek drainage and was only 30 percent contained with 1,813 personnel on hand.
The cause of the fire has been determined to be an abandoned campfire near the Rock Creek Campground, located towards the bottom of Rock Creek Road, near the San Joaquin River. Investigators are asking for the public’s help for information about anyone who was seen in the area of Rock Creek Road near the San Joaquin River during the afternoon or evening of Sunday, July 27.

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