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Over 1,500 Personnel Fighting More Than 10,000 Acres of Fire in Fresno County
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By Anthony W. Haddad
Published 3 weeks ago on
June 28, 2024

The Flash, Bolt, and Hog fires in Fresno County have grown to 10,669 acres and are 37% contained, with ongoing evacuation orders and warnings in place, and extensive firefighting resources deployed. (GV Wire/Dean Kirkland)

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The Flash, Bolt, and Hog fires have grown to a combined 10,669 acres and are now 37% contained, according to CalFire.

There are 1,539 personnel on the scene, supported by 104 engines, 17 helicopters, 26 dozers, and 31 water tenders. Additionally, air tankers are conducting suppression fire missions as conditions allow.

There also near 957 structures threatened by the blaze.

Current Fresno June Lightning Complex Updates (as of Friday from CalFire):

Flash FireBolt Fire

  • Location: Flash is located at Kings Canyon Road and Cove Road and Bolt is located at Wonder Valley area, Palomino Drive and Elwood Road
  • Size: 10,375 acres (up from 8,958 acres on Thursday)
  • Containment: 21%

Hog Fire

    • Location: Watts Valley Road near Hog Mountain Road
    • Size: 293 acres (up from 266 acres on Thursday)
    • Containment: 80%
Fresno June Lightning Complex map as of the morning of June 28, 2024. (CalFire)

Evacuations Orders, Warnings and Road Closures

In Fresno County, mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for Zones K73 North, K75 south of Elwood Road and K77 south of Elwood Road due to the Flash and Bolt fires.

Evacuation warnings are issued for Zones K93, K72, K134, K73 South, K77, and K75 north of Elwood Road for both fires, advising residents to be prepared to leave if necessary.

The Red Cross has established an evacuation shelter at Reedley College (995 N. Reed Ave.) for those affected by the Flash Fire and Bolt Fire, offering safe shelter, water, meals, and resources for individuals and small pets.

Large animals can be accommodated at the Fresno Fairgrounds (1120 S. Chance Ave.)

Roads are also being closed, including Silver Lane north of Highway 180, Fulgham Lane north of Highway 180, and Elwood Road north of Highway 180. Previous closed roads were Highway 180 from Cove Road to Dunlap Road, Cove Road at Highway 180, Highway 63 at South Hills Valley Road, and Highway 180 at Hopewell Road.

Fresno Announces Local Emergency

On Thursday, Fresno declared a local emergency in response to the rapidly spreading fires.

The Board of Supervisors will convene a special meeting at 2 p.m. on Friday to officially ratify the local emergency.

This action will activate specific liability protections, grant emergency powers to the Emergency Services Director, and enable potential reimbursement of eligible costs from State and Federal emergency funds.

Visit www.fresnocountyemergency.com for updates on the wildfires, evacuations, road closures, shelter information, and more.

Air Quality Alert

Valley Air and the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert on Thursday in response to smoke affecting the San Joaquin Valley.

The District urges the public to take precautions to safeguard their health during wildfires.

Recommendations include staying indoors, using portable air cleaners or high-efficiency filters to reduce fine particle exposure, planning and creating a clean air room, and visiting clean air centers.

You can visit the District’s Wildfire Prevention & Response page at www.valleyair.org/wildfires to get updates on wildfires impacting the Valley.

You can monitor air quality conditions by downloading the free “Valley Air” app on your mobile device or checking the EPA Fire and Smoke Map.

Residents in foothill or mountain communities should stay alert to emergency alerts and be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Video of the Fresno June Lightning Complex

Press Conference Regarding the Lightning Complex Fires

Affected By a Wildfire?

See these important safety steps you should take when returning back to your home after a wildfire.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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