Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257
Sequoia National Forest
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Crews made good progress increasing the fire’s containment in Division T, in the northwest part of the fire, containment has reached 80%. In Division U, in the northeast part of the fire crews will be improving a trail to be used as a firebreak near Tuohy Meadows to keep the active part of the fire from moving further north.
The northeast part of the Castle fire and the far south part of the Rattlesnake Fire are less than one-half mile apart. Firefighters will work today to construct line on the southern end of the Rattlesnake to halt it’s spread to the south.
Firefighters in Divisions L, N, Z, Y, and D are still working on patrolling fireline and taking action to suppress anything burning near and threatening containment lines. Burning material well inside of the lines will not be extinguished, as it’s unsafe to do so because of fire weakened trees, snags that may fall, burning stump holes and rugged terrain.
Recently burned areas are at a greater risk of mudflows and flash floods. Fires eliminate vegetation that can hold soil in place and charred ground may be unable to absorb water. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts are focused on the protection of human life, safety and property. Rapid burn assessments identify areas that have increased potential for floods and mudflows.
A Department of the Interior (DOI) BAER team had an in-briefing with staff from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks this week. The team will be working on the assessment of areas burned within Sequoia National Park due to the fire as part of the emergency response to assist in suppression repair to help prevent further resource damage.
For information regarding BAER work on the Sequoia National Forest portion of the Castle Fire, please visit the SQF Complex BAER Inciweb page https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7240/
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 (129,967 acres), Inyo National Forest (12,283 acres), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (18,260 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.
CLOSURES AND LOCAL ASSISTANCE:
Inyo National Forest closures - Forest Order No. 05-04-51-20-16
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - Current Conditions
Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Office has issued a temporary emergency closure.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is working to safely and quickly restore power. Call 1 800 250-7339 or Check www.sce.com/safety/assistance-center.
Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest - https://www.fire.ca.gov/programs/resource-management/resource-protection-improvement/demonstration-state-forests/mountain-home/
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 - https://tularecounty.ca.gov/county/
For more information visit: https://tularecounty.ca.gov/recovers/
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.
Be prepared after a wildfire For more information visit: www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/returning-home/
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 19th, 2020 approx. 07:15 AM|
|Location||25 miles north of Kernville, CA|
|Incident Commander||Brian Pisarek, Eastern Area IMT|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Complex|
|Coordinates||36.255 latitude, -118.497 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||80%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday November 20th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM|
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. Fire is burning within areas of significant tree mortality contributing to significant fire resistance to control efforts.
Divisions D/I/N/L/T/Y/Z: Isolated heat confined to heavy fuels and stump holes will continue to
smolder and burn out.
Divisions U and E: Active flanking, backing, and short range spotting with single tree torching.
Spotting distances of 300-600 feet and the POI will be 60% at all elevations of the fire.
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.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Active fire mostly confined to the north west corner of the fire in Division U and T around Homers Nose and Cahoon Meadow.
The Northeast corner of the fire on the west side of the Kern River remains active in fuel
concentrations mostly interior of the fire edge.
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.
Quiet weather again. Temperatures 64-75 degrees, humidity 9-14 percent with ridges lowest late overnight. Winds were completely terrain driven with peak gusts around 15 mph on the most exposed locations.
No change to the forecasted concerns. High pressure remains in place to bring above normal temperatures and very dry humidity for at least the next several days. There will be very little diurnal and daily change through early next week. The only minor concern is from Sunday through Tuesday when a weak upper low pressure area moves across southern California. It will bring increased instability and moderately deep mixing potential.