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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday June 18th, 2017 approx. 02:30 PM|
|Location||Along Highway 178 west of Lake Isabella and west of Borel. Fire is burning on the north side of Hwy. 178 towards Rancheria Road.|
|Incident Commander||Deron Mills|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||95%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday June 25th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Grass, brush and scattered timber
Hwy 178 is open.
Continuing direct handline construction, mop up and suppression repair. Demobilize resources as appropriate.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Line construction and mop up.