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Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Phone: 559-539-2607
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm

Denise Alonzo
Phone: 559-539-2607 ext. 2212
Hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

10/19/2018 Alder and Mountaineer Fires Area, Roads, and Trails Closure
An area closure is in place to keep the public from travelling roads and trails near the Alder and Mountaineer fires burning on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument,..
Closure - 10/19/2018
Smoke still observed on the Alder WildfireImage options: [ Full Size ]

Three wildfires, ignited by lightning in early October, continue to smolder in the Western Divide Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest. Observed during an aerial reconnaissance Sunday, November 25th were burning snags and stumps well within the fire perimeters. “It appears precipitation received in recent storms wasn’t enough to extinguish the fires, however light rain and a dusting of snow in the higher elevations reduces the threat considerably,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice.

Another storm is expected over the District Wednesday through Friday. With additional precipitation, the fires will likely be fully extinguished. Fire officials continue to monitor the fires by air and on the ground, weather permitting. Two helicopters, fire patrols, and overhead personnel are assigned. With incoming winter weather, the fires have been placed into patrol status.

The Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Wildfires, burned in dense timber stands with extensive tree mortality and heavy fuel loading on the ground. “A confine-contain suppression strategy was used by Fire Management personnel” stated LaPrice. “I made the decision to use this strategy on all three fires to reduce the risks to firefighters from standing dead trees and steep, rugged terrain.”

Tulare County Fire Department and CAL FIRE have been supporting agencies assisting the Forest Service with fire containment efforts. There will be no additional updates unless conditions change.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseAlder, Mountaineer, And Moses Fires Are Lightning Caused.
Date of OriginThursday October 04th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationAlder-5 miles N of Camp Nelson, in Giant Sequoia Natl Monument. Mountaineer-N of Summit trailhead and .5 miles E of Alder Fire, in Golden Trout Wilderness. Moses Fire-1 mile S of Moses Mtn.
Incident CommanderRon Salazar
Coordinates36.216 latitude, -118.62 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Size5,942 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained55%
Estimated Containment DateFriday November 30th, 2018 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

The Alder and Mountaineer Fires are burning in timber, with heavy fuels on the ground, in an area of extensive tree mortality. Moses Fire is burning in a patch of timber near a rocky area.



Alder - 4,653 acres

Mountaineer - 1,270 acres

Moses - 19 acres

Resources Assigned - 2 type 2 helicopters, fire patrol and overhead personnel.