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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.

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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 has increased to 90% for the portion of the fire managed by the Sequoia National Forest. Due to limited access to the fires edge in remote locations, full containment is not expected until it can be assessed on the ground. Most uncontained lines are at higher elevations where natural barriers have stopped the spread, and winter conditions will likely extinguish any remaining hot spots.  

Currently, heavy equipment work is nearing completion due to winter-time conditions. Much work is left to be done on fire suppression repair; heavy equipment is anticipated to return in the spring to continue this effort. Crews are making good progress on road-side chipping, this work will last all winter as conditions allow.  

Assigned fire resources are responding to reported hot spots that surface in the Castle Fire as well as new fires reported nearby.  Air resources are available as necessary to support the incident. 

An Interagency Emergency Task Force is working on preparations by establishing trigger points for flash floods and debris flow, and cleaning debris from culverts and drains to minimize impacts. 
 
ORDERS, CLOSURES AND LOCAL ASSISTANCE

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

The Tulare County Local Assistance Center (LAC) Hotline for affected citizens is 559-802-9790.  

For more information visit: https://tularecounty.ca.gov/recovers/  or the  FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center 

USDA Forest Service Information - Sequoia National Forest or Inyo National Forest

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Current Conditions

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/

Smoke: Current air quality may be found at https://fire.airnow.gov/ . 

Alert: To receive emergency notifications regarding evacuations and critical events sign up at alerttc.com

Safety Message: Prepare for the possibility of fire in advance, visit www.ready.gov/wildfires

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
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 19th, 2020 approx. 07:15 AM
Location25 miles north of Kernville, CA
Incident CommanderRobert Nevarez/Juan Andrade(T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire Complex
Coordinates36.255 latitude, -118.497 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel60
Size174,178 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Chaparral (6 feet)

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Significant Events

No fire activity in the southern half of the fire.

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

Melissa 'Kibby' McKibben, Castle Fire IC(t)for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks