UPDATE JULY 29: New fire starts near old Aspen Fire site, 1,000 acres and growing

Another fire is taking off right now, this time very close to where the Aspen Fire started a year ago last week, near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir on the west side of the Sierra crest (in the Shaver/Huntington Lake area), according to Inyo National Forest Public Affairs Specialist Deb Schweizer.

This puts the fire, called the French Fire, west of Bishop about 40 miles and over the Sierra range crest as the crow flies from the Owens Valley.

The fire is about 1,000 acres, burning in heavy fuel, with limited access, as of late Monday evening, July 28.

Mark Smith, Assistant District Fire Management Officer is currently the Incident Commander, according to the latest update on the fire, posted on www.http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/5/.

A Type II team (David Cooper) has been ordered as well as aircraft; crews and equipment.

Currently there are four air tankers, two type one helitack, two type 2 helicopters, two air attack and one lead plane. A type 1 strike team from Cal Fire, two type 2 Forest Service crews, and a Second type 1 strike team has also been ordered. Three orders for type 1 hand crews, six engines, one dozer, one water tender, one dozer are en route. Also two type 3 strike engines have been ordered.

Fish Creek and Rock Creek campgrounds have been evacuated. It is being advised not to use the Minarets Rd. (4S81, Scenic Byway) from North Fork, California.

For additional recreation information please contact the Forest Service offices in Clovis at (559) 297-0706, North Fork (559) 877-2218 and Prather at (559) 855-5355. Office hours are from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Road Closures - Motorists are urged to avoid this area
- Southern Closure 4S81 at Ross Cabin
- Northern Closure below Grizzly Road
- Arnold Meadow Cabin; owners to travel Beasore to Grizzly to get to their cabin
- Campgrounds Closed are Fish, Rock and Soda. They have been evacuated.