Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257
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.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Alder, Mountaineer, And Moses Fires Are Lightning Caused.|
|Date of Origin||Thursday October 04th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||Alder-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 Commander||Ron Salazar|
|Coordinates||36.216 latitude, -118.62 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
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.
12/17/18 Fires declared out
Alder - 4,653 acres
Mountaineer - 1,270 acres
Moses - 19 acres