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Highway Fire


Approximate Location

35.57 latitude, -118.58 longitude

Incident Overview

Firefighters continued hand line construction and mop up operations and were able to hold and improve containment lines around the fire. In order to mitigate extreme exposure, crews began suppression tactics during cooler early morning hours. Suppression repair operations have begun and excess resources are being demobilized as appropriate. There is no anticipated fire spread.
Rancheria Road is now open. Highway 178 is open to all traffic, with only one westbound lane open throughout the length of the fire line. The westbound lane closure is anticipated to be lifted tonight at 7:00 pm. Drivers are urged to use caution and watch for firefighters along the highway.
The Sequoia National Forest will be conducting prescribed burning operations at Camp 9 and Engineer Point today. Prescribed fires are conducted when weather, fuels, moisture and air quality conditions are within prescribed limits to safely accomplish the project conditions.
The South Central Sierra Interagency Management Team will transition management of the Highway Fire to the Sequoia National Forest at 7:00 am on Friday June 23rd.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSunday June 18th, 2017 approx. 02:30 PM
LocationAlong Highway 178 west of Lake Isabella and west of Borel. Fire is burning on the north side of Hwy. 178 towards Rancheria Road.
Incident CommanderDeron Mills
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel324
Size1,522 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateSunday June 25th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush and scattered timber

Significant Events

Hwy 178 is open.


Planned Actions

Continuing direct handline construction, mop up and suppression repair. Demobilize resources as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

Line construction and mop up.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High temperatures

Unit Information

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Porterville, 06 93257

Incident Contact

Kernville Forest Service Office
Phone: 760-376-3781
Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-8am

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