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Horse Creek Fire

Unit Information

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA, CA 93271

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Late on the afternoon of July 19, 2018, visitors on their way to Mineral King spotted the Horse Creek Fire across the canyon south of the Mineral King Road. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain with no recent fire history. The fire is located in designated wilderness. Due to its location and high spread potential, this fire is receiving a full suppression response. The fire has been determined to be lightning-caused.

Update: 7/29/18

The Horse Creek Fire in the John Krebs Wilderness Area of Sequoia National Park is currently mapped at 34 acres in size and is 95% contained.

Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire by ground and air.

All closures and restrictions related to this fire have been lifted.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday July 19th, 2018 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationEast Fork of the Kaweah River and the Horse Creek drainage. Southwest of Mineral King.
Incident CommanderSequoia National Park
Incident DescriptionFire Is Burning At Approximately 5,600 Feet Elevation In Designated Wilderness.
Coordinates36.427 latitude, -118.704 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Size34 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity, isolated smokes not a threat to containment lines

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue to patrol the fire and reinforce lines as necessary but are no longer spiked on the fire line.

Projected Incident Activity

Patrol

Remarks

Although the fire is in designated Wilderness and currently presents no threats to human life or property, it received a full suppression response due to high spread potential.