Wildfire Map Spotlight: Basin Fire, California

What is the name and location of the wildfire?

As of July 2, 2024, a wildfire called the Basin Fire is burning in the Sierra National Forest, Fresno County, California (1). The fire is burning north of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, close to and endangering several hydroelectric facilities, and near the Kings River.

The wildfire takes place while the state is under threat from a heat wave.

Which cities or areas are affected by the wildfire?

The Basin Fire has primarily impacted the Balch Camp community, where Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) workers live and maintain power facilities, about 60 miles east of Fresno.

The fire also affects the broader Sierra National Forest area, a popular destination for hiking and camping. The nearby Kings River area and Pine Flat Reservoir are also in proximity to the fire.

What is the current containment status of the wildfire?

As of the latest updates, the Basin Fire is 17% contained (2). The fire has burned 13,661 acres since it ignited on June 26, 2024. Firefighters are making progress in containing the blaze, employing dozer and hand lines to slow its spread.

Are there any evacuation orders or alerts in place?

Evacuation orders have been issued for 159 people in the Sierra National Forest, primarily impacting the residents of Balch Camp (3).

The U.S. Forest Service has closed a portion of the Sierra National Forest, affecting access to campgrounds and trails, particularly over the Fourth of July holiday period. Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed about evacuation orders and the closure area to ensure their safety.

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