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SQF Complex

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

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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 continue managing lands affected by the 174,178-acre SQF Complex. The 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 (131,087acres), Inyo National Forest (12,508 acres), Sequoia National Park (18,984 acres), lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (736 acres), State (4,017 acres), County, and private lands (4,004 acres) and threatened the Tule River Indian Reservation. The Shotgun Fire burned 841 acres in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest.

Containment of the SQF Complex reached 100% for the portion of the fire managed by the Sequoia National Forest. Smoldering debris around tree trunks continued to weaken fire-damaged trees, posing a hazard of them falling at any time.  Smoldering stump holes and their roots were found burning months after a wildfire, posing a hazard for anyone stepping near or on them. 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 December 31, 2021. Details of the Forest Closure and a map of the closed area can be found in the highlighted section above. The fire area is being evaluated for what portions can be reopened to the public. Hazards exist that may keep many roads and trails closed for public safety.

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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
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)


Planned Actions

Projected Incident Activity