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Jacobson Fire

Unit Information

Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257

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Picture of Jacobson Fire taken Oct. 26Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Jacobson fire, now 1750 acres, continues to hold its position west of the Little Kern River, north of Mountaineer Creek, and east of the Summit Trail in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. Areas burned previously in the Cabin and Soda Fires, the arrival of wet weather, and past fire areas in the wilderness, will help to fully confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.

In the interest of public safety, Forest Officials have closed the areas in the immediate vicinity of both the Slate and Jacobson Fires. For area closure information, please contact the Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 during office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Surrounding communities and forest visitors may experience periods of smoke, especially along Highway 190 and the Western Divide Highway near Ponderosa. Backpackers planning an overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness should contact the Western Divide Ranger District for a wilderness permit and current fire information.

For a map of the Jacobson and Slate Fires click here

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused
Date of OriginThursday October 20th, 2016 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationJacobson Drainage in the Golden Trout Wilderness
Incident CommanderDavid Ernst
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.217 latitude, -118.551 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,750 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

Heavy slash, chaparral (6 feet), Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events


Planned Actions

Fire will not be staffed unless necessary to protect life and property, containment complete at 50%


There is a Forest Closure in effect for many trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness.