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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
Phone: 559-920-1588
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Denise Alonzo
Phone: 559-539-2607
Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Alicia Embrey
Phone: 559-339-4063
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

10/22/2020 SQF Complex Update for Oct. 22, 2020
Incident Information: Start / Report Date: 8/19/20  Cause: Lightning   Resources: Hand Crews: 13 Dozers: 3   Size: 168,973 acres         Location: 25 miles N of Kernville, CA  ...
News - 10/22/2020

October 23, 2020:     |     Operations Map |     Fire History Map |    Land Ownership Map    |    Daily Fire Update     |     Daily Smoke Update    |      Facebook       |   Actualización Diaria del Fuego |      Informe Diario Sobre el Humo    | 

The Eastern Area Gold Team. (EA Gold Team) assumed command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. yesterday evening, Oct. 22.  Firefighter efforts will continue to work towards full suppression and ongoing fire suppression repair work.

Even as containment of the fire increases, you can still expect to see smoke rising from within the fire perimeter. The warm and dry weather combined with unusually dry, live and dead, vegetation creates the perfect ingredients for rekindling pockets of unburned fuel. This is a common occurrence on large fires, the public should be aware that smoke may be visible from well within the fire perimeter.

Crews and air operations continue to work in the Homers Nose, Cahoon and Hockett areas. Great progress has been made to date. The spike camp crews continue to be supported by air operations for necessary food and air support allowing the teams to have additional time to do fire work rather than travel back and forth to camp. The Black Rock spike team has been moved to the Whitsett Spike camp. Just a few more days of work remain on the Mineral King Road.

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 (129,000 acres), Inyo National Forest (12,290 acres), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (16,289 acres), lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (728 acres), State (4037 acres), County, and private lands and threatened the Tule River Indian Reservation. On October 6, 2020 the Shotgun Fire was fully contained and remains at 841 acres.

All equipment in the field no longer in use must be ‘backhauled’ to camp. Firefighters will pinpoint a GPS location, note the type and amount of equipment, and arrange for ‘backhaul’ either by truck or helicopter, depending on the location. There is a lot of land to cover. Workers will clean and refurbish these assets and send them to the South Zone Fire Cache located in Ontario, CA for use on the next incident.  This job is taken very seriously in order to reduce costs on wildfire incidents. 


Sequoia National Forest - 

USDA Forest Service Region 5 Fire Restrictions in place through October 30, 2020    

Inyo National Forest closures - 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - 
Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Office has issued a temporary emergency closure.,Complex%20Fire%20(SQF%20Complex). 

Southern California Edison (SCE) is working to safely and quickly restore power. Call 1 800 250-7339 or Check
Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest -

Tulare County has been officially added to the Federal Major Disaster Declaration for Wildfires in California, providing individual assistance programs and resources to those impacted by the SQF Complex Fire. For more information - 

For more information visit:   

Tulare County has a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at the Government Plaza, 1055 West Henderson Avenue, Porterville, CA. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. A satellite LAC is open in Camp Nelson on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Tulare County Local Assistance Center (LAC) Hotline for affected citizens is 559-802-9790.  A satellite LAC is open in Camp Nelson on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.     

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Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Southern California Edison, Tulare County Fire, Tulare County Sheriff, Tulare County OES, Tulare County Roads, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, California Office of Emergency Services, AT&T, Verizon, California Department of Transportation, California Air National Guard, and California National Guard. CONAFOR, Mexico. 

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We appreciate the outpouring of gratitude from the public and community organizations for our firefighters, including CONAFOR Fire Crews from Mexico and the United States. For those who would like the opportunity to thank our firefighters, you can tag us on Facebook at @sequoiaforest or send cards to: Sequoia National Forest Headquarters, ATTN: SQF Complex Firefighters, 1839 South Newcomb Street Porterville, CA 93257. Please note we are only accepting cards and thank you for your support.

Basic Information

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

Current Situation

Total Personnel855
Size168,973 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Fuel models located within the fire area vary with elevation and some have limited fire history. These include stands of dense mixed conifer with heavy brush below timber lines. The McNally burn scar (2002),Pier burn scar (2017), and Schaefer burn scar(2017) contain a mixture of grass, brush and snags which are all supporting fire spread. Fire is burning within areas of significant tree mortality contributing to significant fire resistance to control efforts.

Significant Events

Divisions D/I/N/L/T/Y/Z: Smoldering, creeping, interior islands continue to burn.

Divisions U and E: Active flanking, backing, and short range spotting with single tree torching.

Rotary wing aircraft and Type 1 crews were effective in limiting advance of fire near Homers Nose.

Spotting distances of 300-600 feet and the POI will be into the 70%-80% range unshaded.

Single and group tree torching will likely occur south of Hocket Dip.

Expect the fire to remain active in thermal belts or until the RH recovers above 25-30%


Planned Actions

Point protection for critical values at risk continue to be evaluated in Div U/I

Continue to identify containment opportunities in the north and northeast corners of the fire.

Continue direct attack and suppression repair.

Transfer of Command between CIIMT-13 and EA Gold IMT effective 1800 on 10/22/2020.

Projected Incident Activity

The smoke inversion over the fire continues to moderate fire behavior in morning with increasing fire behavior in the afternoon as the inversion breaks. An increase in humidity also is moderating fire behavior. Fire remains active through the night in Div I and southern part of Div U.



Sequoia National Park closed in the Mineral King area and some wilderness lands.

Sequoia National Forest Western Divide CLOSED, while the Hume Lake and Kern River Ranger Districts remain OPEN.

Inyo National Forest- OPEN. Exception: Some Wilderness Areas in the Sierra Nevada

Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest and Balch Park Campground are closed.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A little cooler with higher humidity today as high pressure weakens over the fire area. Mid slopes are seeing modest influence from an onshore marine layer influence and have gained the most humidity rises this afternoon. Those values hit their minimums in the 25-35 percent range around 0900 and have since risen to around 50 percent. Otherwise, the lower elevations and high ridges have seen humidity rise 3-8 percent. No other significant events have occurred today.

Still have the next significant concern occurring Sunday afternoon

through Monday morning. Canadian low pressure drops south over the Great Basin and brings a fairly dry cold front across the fire area sometime Sunday afternoon or evening. The most significant impact will be gusty northerly winds with peak gusts 25-30 mph. The strongest winds and easterly wind influence will occur much further north but cannot completely be ruled out across this fire area.

The NWS Office in Hanford has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Wind and Low Humidity covering the entire southern Sierra from Monday

morning through Tuesday afternoon.

Additionally, light precipitation is possible Sunday night through

Monday morning in the form of rain and higher elevation snow. Amounts will not likely have a significant impact on fuel moisture.

Currently, expect about a 20 percent chance of wetting amounts from this system.