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Yankee 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: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

6/17/2021 5:00 p.m. Update Per IC's: Yankee fire is 95% contained and the fire will be put into Patrol Status tomorrow, Friday, 6/18/2021.

 NOTICE:  Highway 178 has been re-opened.  Please watch for firefighters and their equipment along the road.
UPDATE:  Crews will be coming off the fire tonight 6/16/2021 at approximately 7:00 p.m.  Tomorrow plans are for 2 engines and one 20 person crew on scene for day shift 6/17/2021. 

At approximately 3:26 p.m., today, June 15, 2021, local firefighters responded to a reported wildland fire between Paradise Cove and Yankee Canyon, along Highway 178 in the Isabella Lake area. The Yankee fire is actually multiple fires burning in a easterly direction, on the south side of the highway. The road is closed both on the east end (Mountain Mesa) and the west end (Yankee Canyon).

   Additional resources and aircraft were ordered as "immediate need".

The Yankee fire is approximately 20 acres and Bureau of Land Management carries the
majority of the acreage. Presently the fire is in Unified Command. Two smaller sections of the fire are on US Forest Service (Sequoia NF),and Kern County Fire (SRA) lands. Cooperating agencies include Cal Trans, California Highway Patrol, Kern County Sheriff and Southern California Edison.

7 starts have now been identified with 15-20 acres in size. 

1 Air Attack, 3 Air Tankers, 1 helicopter, 5 crews, 9 engines, 3 Law Enforcement Investigators and assorted overhead responded.  Additional crews were ordered for the night shift.



Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday June 15th, 2021 approx. 03:15 PM
LocationMultiple spots along Highway 178, from Paradise Cove to Yankee Canyon. South and north sides of the Highway. (Lake Isabella Area).
Incident CommanderJames Roofener, BLM & (T) Nick Mendez, BLM
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates35.651 latitude, -118.441 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Size20 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush and scattered pine.

Significant Events

Highway 178 has been re-opened


Planned Actions

6/18/2921 fire will be put into Patrol Status

Projected Incident Activity

6/18/2021 fire will be placed in Patrol Status


Please remember to use caution on the roads in and around fires. Firefighters and their equipment are in the roadways during initial attack.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry