Skip to main content

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires

Unit Information

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

USFS Shield

This incident is no longer being updated.

Smoke still observed on the Alder WildfireImage options: [ Full Size ]

As of December 17, 2018 three wildfires in the Western Divide Ranger District, ignited by lightning in early October, have been declared out. It appears precipitation received in recent storms was enough to extinguish the fires. No visible smoke has been observed for over a week, if any hot spots remain, they are interior without risk of spreading.
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 District Ranger Eric 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.”

This will be the last Inciweb update for these wildfires.

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

Size5,942 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
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.

Significant Events

12/17/18 Fires declared out



Alder - 4,653 acres

Mountaineer - 1,270 acres

Moses - 19 acres