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Firefighters Make Progress on Fresno June Lightning Complex, All Evacuation Orders Lifted
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By Anthony W. Haddad
Published 4 weeks ago on
June 29, 2024

CalFire reports that the Flash, Bolt, and Hog fires remain at 10,669 acres with 42% containment, involving 1,598 personnel and threatening 502 structures. (CalFire)

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Update: 10 a.m., Sunday, June 30, 2024.

This is CalFire’s latest report:

Flash/Bolt Fire – Palomino and Elwood Road, Wonder Valley area, 10,375 acres, 45% contained.

Hog Fire – Watts Valley and Hog Mountain Road, 293 acres, 95% contained.

Strike Fire – 1 acre, 100% contained.

In addition, all evacuation orders and road closures for the Fresno June Lightning Complex have been lifted, CalFire said.

Evacuation warning remain for the following zones: K93, K72, K134, K73 North, K73 South, K77, K75 North, K75 South.

“Public safety crews will have a strong presence in the fire area for the next several days to ensure the protection of our residents and their property. Be aware there may be traffic flow interruptions due to fire crews and utility workers still operating in the area,” CalFire officials said in a news release.

For additional information when returning home, refer to www.fire.ca.gov. Click on the link “Returning home after a wildfire” for safety precautions.

For assistance with recovery, go to https://www.fresnocountyca.gov/resources/fresno-county-emergency

Original Story

The Flash, Bolt, and Hog fires remained at 10,669 acres as of Saturday, with containment growing to 42%, according to CalFire.

There are 1,598 personnel on the scene, supported by 108 engines, four helicopters, 25 dozers, and 32 water tenders. Additionally, air tankers are conducting suppression fire missions as conditions allow.

502 structures are threatened, down from 957. One structure has been confirmed destroyed.

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

Flash Fire / Bolt Fire

  • Location: Fires located at Palomino Drive and Elwood Road in the Wonder Valley area
  • Size: 10,375 acres (same as Friday’s report)
  • Containment: 41%

Hog Fire

  • Location: Watts Valley Road near Hog Mountain Road
  • Size: 293 acres (same as Friday’s report)
  • Containment: 93%
Fresno June Lighting Complex map as of June 29, 2024. (CalFire)

Evacuation Orders, Warnings, and Road Closures

In Fresno County, mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for Zones K73 North and K75 South of Elwood Road due to the Flash and Bolt fires. Zone K77 South of Elwood Road is no longer listed under an evacuation order, according to the latest incident report.

Evacuation warnings are still 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.

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

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Anthony W. Haddad,
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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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