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Railroad Fire

Unit Information

Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

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The Sierra National Forest Type 3 Team is managing the incident.

Crews will continue fire line suppression repair and mop-up on all parts of the fire. Resource Advisors from the Forest Service identified the extent of suppression repair needed. Those repairs can vary depending upon the intended use of the affected area after the fire. The fire continues to cool, but some areas may still produce smoke for several more days.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team continues there survey of the burn area.

Firefighting resources, such as engines and crews, continue to be released from the Railroad Fire. The public is reminded that a lot of firefighting equipment will be traveling on local roads going into the Railroad Fire area and others will be leaving the community heading to other incidents.

With Highway 41 open, drivers are urged to drive with caution as a large firefighting presence remains along the highway, residential streets and Forest roads. CalTrans does have parking restrictions in place along the highway due to fire crews still preforming suppression repair work. Travelers can expect to see smoke within the fire area as interior islands, and heavy down material smolder.

The Sierra National Forest Closure Order remains in place for the area impacted by the Railroad Fire. The full Forest Closure Order and map can be viewed at

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
LocationLocated between communities of Sugar Pine and Fish Camp along State Route 41
Incident CommanderMark Smith, IC3
Coordinates37.449 latitude, -119.65 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel463
Size12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

The fire continues to burn in high tree mortality areas consisting of Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar resulting in resistance to control and danger to Firefighters. Live fuel moistures in the area are reaching critical levels.

Significant Events

Only interior smoldering was noted today while mop-up and fireline suppression repair continued. The Sierra National Forest Type 3 Team is managing the incident.


Planned Actions

No night shift operations are planned for the incident.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire is not expected to spread in any direction.


The 693 acre spot fire west of SR41 in the Miami Motorcyle Trails has been fully contained. Mop Up operations will continue.

Tree mortality continues to increase safety risk for personnel engaged on this fire and the public until hazards can be mitigated.

Of current total area burned: USFS Sierra NF 11,464 acres and Private 943 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooling and good overnight recovery will continue for several days.