North Zone Update: Over the course of the last week and a half, the Rough fire has shown very little activity and smoke on the lower portion of the fire. This includes the main fork of the Kings River from Garnite Dyke downriver to the confluence of the North Fork of the Kings River. This also includes the North Fork of the Kings River from Blackrock Reservoir down to Balch Camp and the main fork of the Kings River. It was determined that our portion of the Rough Fire be patrolled once every three days from the bottom and the top.
Before this most recent thunderstorm activity, the last IR flight did show a couple new areas of heat in lower Rancheria Creek and Rodgers Ridge above Blackrock Reservoir. These were scouted and assessed by our firefighters and determined not to be a threat to the containment lines. There were also multiple areas of heat that were producing a moderate amount of smoke in the Stratham, Cow and Wet Meadow areas. We had our firefighters patrol by horseback the Crown Valley Trail and it was determined that none of these areas posed any control problems.
In talking with the firefighters that did the most recent patrol, this current weather pattern was very localized in nature but did produce a dusting of snow from the 8000 foot level and above. There were no visible smoke columns that they could see and the smokes that were visible below 8000 feet were not showing today. We will continue to patrol the fire every three days until the fire area receives an actual storm and some measurable precipitation.
Warmer and dryer air moved into the area this week with above average temperatures, but firefighters were able to mop up hot spots and keep containment of the fire. Fire crews are continuing to patrol and mop-up areas within the perimeter of the burn. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assessed the burned area for long-term threats to life, property, water quality and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage.
Fire restrictions have been lifted on the Sierra National Forest.
South Zone Update: The Rough Fire is contained where it burned on the Hume Lake Ranger District. Even though the threat of fire is gone, there are still hazards in the burned area that will keep most of the District closed until spring. Open areas include Eshom and Stony Creek, most of Hume Lake and along Tenmile. Closure maps can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia For additional information please call the Hume Lake Ranger District (559) 338-2251 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The rest of the Hume Lake Ranger District will remain closed for the rest of this season. This includes Big Meadows, Millwood, Delilah, McKenzie Ridge, Converse Basin, and the Jennie Lakes Wilderness. There are still hot spots smoldering in the burned area, trees that may fall having been weakened by fire, and rolling debris loosened from burned vegetation.
Recreation area opening procedures in the springtime typically require weeks of preparation before an area can be open to visitors. “With that in mind, and the normal recreation season ending in mid-November, I have decided to keep these areas closed until next season,” stated District Ranger Teresa Benson. “With the fire suppression repair work ongoing on the District, even those areas that were not actually burned in the Rough fire are being affected by our activities.”
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of hunters who have traditionally hunted within the closed area for abiding by the closure as firefighters continue to secure the perimeter and conduct suppression repair,” stated Benson. Individuals who currently hold a permit for entry or who have permission to access their property will be allowed to do so. However, they will only be given access to their property; these permits do not give access to recreate in the closed areas.
As a result of recent precipitation, lower temperatures and increased humidity, the Sequoia National Forest ended fire restrictions. Visitors are now permitted to have campfires, charcoal grills, and gas stoves with a valid California Campfire Permit which can be obtained online at www.preventwildfireca.org
Sequoia National Forest will be out of Fire restrictions as of October 22.
Sequoia National Forest Information (559) 539-2607 ext. 72212
Sierra National Forest Information (559) 297-0706.
Kings Canyon National Park Information (559) 565-3703
Further updates will occur when there is significant information to report
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST CLOSURE ORDER
Breakdown of Acreage by Ownership:
Kings Canyon National Park: 9,285 Acres
Sequoia National Forest: 82,573 Acres
Sierra National Forest: 58,541 Acres
State Lands: 6 Acres
Private Lands: 1,090 Acres
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 31st, 2015 approx. 07:00 PM|
|Location||5 miles North of Hume Lake and 2.5 miles to the southwest of Spanish Mountain5|
|Incident Commander||Joe Domingo, ICT4 South Zone, Brian Vasquez, ICT4 North Zone|
|Coordinates||36.874 latitude, -118.905 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
**South Zone: Continue to patrol the burned area. Suppression repair work ongoing.
**North Zone: Patrol fire line as needed.
Breakdown of Acreage by Ownership:
Sequoia National Forest: 82,573 acres
Sierra National Forest: 58,541
Kings Canyon National Park: 9,413 acres
State Lands: 6 acres
Private Lands: 1,090 acres