Another community meeting scheduled as Rough fire size, containment grow

The Rough fire incident command team will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dunlap School to discuss the blaze, which by Tuesday evening had grown to 53,208 acres and 21 percent containment.

Incident commander Mark von Tillow will discuss the Rough fire’s current status and the plan for containing it. The Grant Grove area in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks reopened Monday, and residents of the Hume Lake area were allowed to move back into their homes Tuesday. Recreation areas throughout the Sierra and Sequoia national forests, including Hume Lake, remain closed.

More than 2,000 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which has claimed at least one structure and threatens dozens more. The Kings Canyon Lodge burned down sometime Friday morning. Much of the firefighting resources remain focused on protecting the cabins and camps near Hume Lake and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power grids at Balch Camp and Black Rock at the northwest corner of the fire.

The incident command team estimated firefighting costs at $24.5 million as of Tuesday morning.

Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday approved a proclamation, without discussion, that could offer financial aid to the county for its expenses in assisting of the Rough fire.

The proclamation was filed with Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and the state Office of Emergency Services.

The proclamation could also allow financial assistance for businesses and residents affected by the fire if a funding package is rolled out, said John Navarrette, county administrative officer.

The Rough fire started with a lightning strike in a remote wilderness area on July 31.

Staff writer Marc Benjamin contributed to this report. Rory Appleton: 559-441-6015, @RoryDoesPhonics

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