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June Lightning 2019

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Cindy Thill
Phone: 760 376 3781 ext. 0
Hours: M-F 8:00 to 4:30

Cascade Idaho Firefighters going into Bald Fire, Kern PlateauImage options: [ Full Size ]

Fire information is available 7 days a week, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm., at the Kernville Ranger Station (760) 376-3781.

Kernville, Ca. Update on lightning fires on the Kern Plateau originating June 17th from a thunder storm.

The fires are located in the South Sierra Wilderness, in extremely steep, rocky terrain, thus proving to be difficult to access for personnel. Fires have been dropped to a Type 5 incident and camp at Troy Overflow has been wrapped up.

Both the Bald and Lost fires are now in patrol status. Firefighters did an excellent job of meeting goals, and utilizing MIST tactics in the Wilderness.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday June 17th, 2019 approx. 04:30 AM
Location1)East of Jackass and north of Dead Horse Meadow.2) 5 miles northwest of Bald Mountain Lookout.
Incident CommanderLost: Matt Ball w/ Geoffrey Gillespie (trainee). Bald: Richard Baker, Cecil Thompson - trainee
Incident DescriptionLightning Fires Due To June Storm Activity Over The Kern Plateau.
Coordinates36.064 latitude, -118.185 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel4
Size122 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Mixed Conifer and Pinyon, Manzanita and Mountain Mahogany

Significant Events

Patrol Status


Planned Actions

Patrol Status

Projected Incident Activity

Patrol Status


Bald Fire: In Patrol Status 22.3 ac. The Bald Fire will continue to be patrolled - smoke will be coming off the Bald for the next couple of weeks as the duff layer and 1,000 hour fuels continued to be consumed.

Lost Fire: 122 acres Patrol Status

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mild winds.