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Wishon Fire

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220 E. Morton Ave 
Porterville, 
93257 
220 E. Morton Ave 
Porterville, 
93257 

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  • Fire Information and Media
    Email:
    2022.wishon@firenet.gov
    Phone:
    208-891-6270
    Hours:
    7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wishon Fire Daily Update for August 17, 2022

Wishon Fire
News - 08/18/2022

  

Fire Information: Office Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM                             Phone:  559-539-2607 ext. 2212

Email:  denise.alonzo@usda.gov                                                           Inciweb Updates:  Wishon Fire

Facebook: Sequoia NF Facebook                                                                Twitter: Sequoia NF Twitter

Instagram: Sequoia NF Instagram                                                          Website: Sequoia NF Website

 

Location: Sequoia National Forest, Tule River Canyon                           Percent Contained: 45%

Start Date: August 15, 2022                                                                 Structures Lost: 0                                           

Cause: Under Investigation                                                                   Suppression Strategy: Full Suppression

Size: 350 acres                                                                                      Number of Personnel Assigned: 282

Fire History: On August 15, 2022 firefighters from the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Tulare County and other cooperators responded to a fire in the Tule River Canyon near The Stairs on the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. Initial responding resources included 9 engines, 14 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 6 airtankers and an air attack. On August 17, resources from California Interagency Incident Management Team 13 will assist with suppression efforts.

Fire Activity & Suppression Update: Observed fire activity has been minimal around the fire perimeter in the last 12 hours allowing crews and aircraft to make substantial progress. Despite above average temperatures, regional thunderstorms and accompanying outflow winds did not impact the fire area. The fire is being driven primarily by topography and fuels which include, grass, heavy brush and oak. In addition to current suppression activities, firefighters are utilizing natural barriers and fire lines from previous fire control lines. There have been no reported injuries.

 

Weather Forecast: Temperatures will be well above normal in the afternoons. Additionally, monsoonal moisture will allow for chances of afternoon thunderstorms near the fire area over the next few days. Winds will be primarily light and terrain-driven, except for the possibility of gusty and erratic outflow winds produced by thunderstorms.

 

Air Quality: Current impacts to air quality from the Wishon Fire are expected to be minimal. To check on air quality for your area, or wherever you are visiting, check: airnow.gov.  For the air quality at Camp Wishon check:  Camp Wishon

 

Evacuations & Closures: The Tulare County Sheriff has lifted all evacuation warnings including Wishon Camp and Doyle Springs. And the California Highway Patrol has lifted all road closures. However due to the presence of fire personnel, heavy equipment and utility companies working in the area, the public is advised to avoid traveling on Hwy. 190 and Wishon Drive. A power outage due to the fire is reported east of Balch Park. The communities of Doyle Springs, Camp Nelson, Pierpoint, and Ponderosa are currently without power. 

 

Firefighter & Public Safety: Firefighters and support resources are following CDC protocols as they pertain to COVID. We respect the safety and health of our crews as well as the public and we thank the public for welcoming us into your community and your continued patience.

 

Aviation / Drone Restrictions: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR), (5-mile radius of the fire, and http://www.knowbeforeyoufly.org/.                             “If you fly, we can’t!”