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Mesa Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Cindy thill
Phone: 760 379-4839
Hours: M-F 0800 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

UPDATE:  Thursday, December, 24, 2020:  IC reports 100% contained, controlled and in patrol status. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 30:30:  IC trainee Weston Gaul reports fire is now 90% contained.  Crews are in full mop up mode this morning.  Perimeter walk this morning may change acreage, and be reported later today.  Last night's colder temperatures assisted in taking much heat out of the fire area.  Fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE:  3:10 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22:  IC Sollami reports Mesa Fire is 100 acres and 70 percent contained

UPDATE At 1:56 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 22:  firefighters from both the ground and air stopped the forward rate of spread.  Fire is 50 acres.

At approximately 12:43 p.m. today, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 the Mesa Fire was reported.  The location of the fire is in Mountain Mesa, on the north side of Highway 178, between the lake and the highway, and is on Forest Service land.

The fire is wind driven burning with high winds blowing out of the SW at 16-20 MPH. A nearby Mobile Home Park and a couple businesses are threatened.  The Mobile home park was evacuated.  First on scene reported the fire 3-5 acres which became 20 acres in a matter of mins due to the strong winds. Flame lengths ware 6-8 feet.

Air resources immediately responding were Helicopters 523 - Kernville, and Helicopter 407 - Kern County. 
Also 2 air tankers and an air attack are responding.  Ground resources include patrols, engines, and fire
management from the Forest Service and Kern County Fire Department.  Kern County Sheriff immediately closed Highway 178  and CHP were kept busing keeping the large gathering of public off the highway/road.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday December 22nd, 2020 approx. 12:30 PM
LocationNorth side of Hwy 178, at Mt. Mesa. (Between Isabella Lake and Hwy. 178)
Incident CommanderRobert Sollami USFS, Trainee Weston Gaul USFS
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates35.636 latitude, -118.404 longitude

Current Situation

Size100 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Grass and scattered brush.

Significant Events

Patrol Status


Projected Incident Activity

Minimal activities


Fire is now in patrol status