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SQF Complex

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Sequoia National Forest
Email: sqfcomplex2020@gmail.com
Phone: 559-920-1588
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Denise Alonzo
Email: denise.alonzo@usda.gov
Phone: 559-539-2607
Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Alicia Embrey
Email: alicia.embrey@usda.gov
Phone: 559-339-4063
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

01/06/2021 Castle Fire area closure continues through January 31, 2021
Forest officials have extended the closure of Sequoia National Forest managed land near the Castle Fire through January 31, 2021.  Despite cooler temperatures and some precipitation, hot spots...
Closure - 01/06/2021
A giant sequoia tree smoldering interior on the Castle FireImage options: [ Full Size ]

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Fire personnel in the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are now managing the 174,178-acre SQF Complex. This lightning-caused Castle and Shotgun Fires were discovered on August 19, 2020, and later managed as one incident named the SQF Complex. The Castle Fire burned on portions of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument (129,975 acres), Inyo National Forest (12,283 acres), Sequoia National Park (18,292 acres), lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (728 acres), State (4,036 acres), County, and private lands (4,726 acres) and threatened the Tule River Indian Reservation. 

Containment of the SQF Complex reached 100% for the portion of the fire managed by the Sequoia National Forest. Winter conditions are expected to extinguish remaining hot spots. Until the area receives substantial precipitation, those traveling thru the fire area can expect to see pockets of smoke deep inside the fire perimeter.  

Smoldering debris around tree trunks continue to weaken fire-damaged trees, posing a hazard of them falling at any time.  Smoldering stump holes and their roots can be found burning months after a wildfire, posing a hazard for anyone stepping near or on them.  Local firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire's edge, extinguishing hot spots that could spread beyond contained lines. Much work is left to be done on fire suppression repair; heavy equipment is anticipated to return in the spring to continue this effort. 

Forest officials have extended the closure of Sequoia National Forest managed land affected by the Castle Fire through January 31, 2021. Details of the Forest Closure and a map of the closed area can be found on Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7048/58930/

"Once the area receives enough precipitation to fully extinguish remaining hot spots, including duff burning around tree trunks and deep inside stump holes and roots, the Forest Service hopes to re-open the area to the public,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice.  “We are all hoping for more rain and snow to assist us in this effort.  In the meantime, thank you for your patience while we keep the area closed to protect the public.”

An Interagency Emergency Task Force continues to prepare for flash floods and debris flow, busily cleaning debris from culverts and drains to minimize impacts. Those traveling thru the fire area on Highway 190 should expect frequent delays at roadblocks where work is ongoing.  Information and resources available to residents affected by the SQF Complex Fire can be found on Tulare Counties website https://tularecounty.ca.gov/recovers/


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 19th, 2020 approx. 07:15 AM
Location25 miles north of Kernville, CA
Incident DescriptionWildfire Complex
Coordinates36.255 latitude, -118.497 longitude

Current Situation

Size174,178 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Outlook

Planned Actions

Due to expected winter weather, all divisions have gone to a "Patrol and Monitor" status.

Continue suppression repairs when weather permits.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire not expected to spread.

Fire activity will be limited to heavy fuels that were not affected by precipitation.

Remarks