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Rough fire focus of community meeting in Dunlap

Smoke billows off the mountains around Hume Lake due to the Rough fire in the Sierra National Forest.
Smoke billows off the mountains around Hume Lake due to the Rough fire in the Sierra National Forest. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

The health impacts of the Rough fire, especially as a result of smoke and hazardous air quality, will be the focus of a community meeting in Dunlap Friday evening.

The gathering will be hosted by the U.S. Forest Service and will start at 6:30 p.m. at Dunlap School.

Forest Service Incident Commander Mark von Tillow will discuss the current fire situation and air quality adviser Josh Hall will discuss health issues from the smoke.

As of Friday morning, the Rough fire had burned 83,400 acres, and is the largest active fire burning in California. It began July 31 in Kings Canyon when lightning struck a mountainside in Kings Canyon.

Most of the Hume Lake Ranger District remains closed to visitors. The fire has burned east to a point near Cedar Grove, but firefighters have strung hose line and put protective coverings on structures in that area.

A total of 1,900 firefighters remain assigned to the fire.

On Wednesday Hume Lake Christian Camps evacuated all staff but security personnel due to the smoke. The camps also cancelled planned events through the month, and hope to resume programs such as retreats in October.

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