Frog Fire

Modoc County Last Update: Friday, August 7, 2015 7:12 a.m. PDT

Acres burned
Jul 30
Started (2015)
Frog Fire
Location of
South Of Long Bell Guard Station
Structures Destroyed
1 firefighter killed

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August 7, 2015 7:41 a.m. PDT

The Frog fire attained 100% containment today. Crews worked on mop up and will continue to do so through midnight tonight. A minor, non-injury single vehicle accident occurred today 1 mile east of Long Bell Station.There is a potential for thunderstorms over the fire area tomorrow.

August 5, 2015 1:12 p.m. PDT

Yesterday, fire behavior was reduced to creeping with isolated single tree torching with cloud cover and increased relative humidities in the afternoon/evening. Crews are working to secure established control lines and continue direct line construction where possible, scout for possible contingency indirect line locations to prepare for firing operations as needed. The main direction of fire spread is to the northeast in alignment with the wind. Short range spotting will continue to challenge control operations. fire behavior will rapidly transition to extreme conditions if the fire reaches private commercial timber plantations.

August 2, 2015 10:59 a.m. PDT

The Frog fire continued to be wind-driven today, growing to approximately 3000 acres in size. There was heavy smoke over the fire for much of the day, which limited to use of aircraft. There is a red flag warning for scattered dry thunderstorms over the fire area through Sunday.

August 1, 2015 7:18 p.m. PDT

It is with great sadness we must confirm a Forest Service firefighter lost his life yesterday while responding to the Frog Fire northwest of Adin, California. The deceased is David “Dave” Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota. Search and rescue was conducted throughout the night until the firefighter was found this morning. Dave was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14. Dave’s permanent position is Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City. The Forest Service is investigating this line-of-duty death. “This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking,” said Forest Supervisor, Amanda McAdams. “Please keep the family and all of our Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” The Frog Fire southeast of Lava Camp on the Big Valley Ranger District started yesterday afternoon, exhibiting active fire behavior and growing to more than 800 acres by this evening with active spotting ahead of the fire front. Northern California Team 1 is expected to take over management of the fire tomorrow morning.

August 1, 2015 7:18 p.m. PDT

Erratic winds are challenging fire-containment efforts and moving the fire in all directions. The Frog Fire was last estimated at 1,850 acres. Managers are estimating five-percent containment at this time. Active fire was observed in all areas. Spread was primarily to the west and south, but there were also two active runs to the north yesterday. Current objectives include keeping the fire south of the Long Bell Guard Station, protecting private timber lands and the WAPA power-transition lines. Northern California Incident Management Team 1 has taken command of this incident this morning. Additional lightning storms are predicted for this evening and continuing into Sunday. Gusty and erratic winds are expected. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 2 p.m. today until 11 p.m. Sunday Homeowners cannot control where embers land on their property, only what happens when they do land. Learn more about how to protect yourself and property in fire-prone areas at

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