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Windy Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Windy Fire Information
Email: 2021.windy@firenet.gov
Phone: 559-214-1260
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm, SS 8am-8pm

Highlighted Activity

09/27/2021 Tulare County Evacuation Warning for the M99 Corridor Along Kern River
September 27, 2021, 7:30 a.m.(The following information was taken directly from Tulare County Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page.)Tulare County Sheriff's Office Issues Issues New Evacuation.
Announcement - 09/27/2021

The Windy Fire is approximately 85,383 acres (3,105-acre increase from the Sunday evening acreage estimate) and 2 percent contained. The lighting-caused fire was detected on September 9 and is burning in the Tule River Indian Reservation; the Sequoia National Forest, including the Giant Sequoia National Monument; and Tulare County and state responsibility areas.

 

Evacuations and Road Closures:
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office issues evacuation warnings and orders for areas affected by the Windy Fire. View the current Tulare County evacuation map, read the Tulare County Sheriff's Office evacuation news releases, or follow Tulare County Sheriff's Office Facebook page to ensure you have the most current information on Windy Fire evacuation warnings and orders.

Emergency Notification Alerts:

Tulare County residents can sign up for AlertTC to receive emergency alert notifications and other time-sensitive messages.

Evacuation Center and Shelter:
A temporary evacuation center has been established at Porterville College, 100 E. College Ave. Individuals needing assistance with evacuations may call the nonemergency phone number 2-1-1. Seniors needing information about or assistance with evacuating should call the Tulare County Senior Assistance and Information Hotline: 800-321-2462. 

Animal-Evacuation Services and Shelters:
If you need assistance evacuating your animals, need a place to house your animals, or if you had to leave animals behind when you evacuated your property, call Tulare County Animal Services (530-636-4050) or fill out an evacuation-assistance form, and someone from Tulare County Animals Services will contact you during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Large animals, including cattle, equines, goats, and sheep, can be sheltered at the International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Laspina, St., Tulare.

Domestic animals, including poultry, can be sheltered at the Tulare County Animal Service's shelter, 14131 Ave. 256, Visalia. 

Sequoia National Forest Closure:
National Forest System lands, roads, and trails near the Windy Fire are closed. Go to Alerts and Notices on the Sequoia National Forest website to ensure you are viewing the most current closure order and map. Hunting on Sequoia National Forest lands is allowed outside the closure area.

Air Quality and Smoke Outlooks:
Go to AirNow for current air-quality information. Go to the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program website for a smoke forecast outlook issued by the incident's air resource advisor.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday September 09th, 2021 approx. 05:45 PM
LocationA quarter mile southeast of Cholollo campground and six miles south of Camp Nelson.
Incident CommanderRick Young, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (in unified command, see "remarks")
Coordinates36.047 latitude, -118.631 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2,303
Size85,383 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained2%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 14th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

* Brush and timber with a understory and grass component

* The fire generally remains bordered by the 2020 Castle Fire, 2017 Pier Fire, and 2002 McNally Fire footprints.

* Thick stands of timber dominate the highest elevations.

* On the east side, there is a significant component of brush and a large dead and down trees.

* On the west side, lighter, livestock-altered vegetation has reduced the overall fine-fuel loading.

* All live vegetation is fully cured to seasonally low levels and is driving the high resistance to control.

Significant Events

The fire was active again on Sunday, consisting of uphill runs, group torching, and long-range spotting.

The fire is exhibiting high resistance to control and is active in all vegetation types. Fire spread today was was primarily a function of aggressive surface fire, short uphill runs, group tree torching, short- and long-range spotting, and roll-outs due to steep, complex terrain.

Afternoon winds also contributed to the fire moving east toward the Kern River and south toward Panorama Heights. Additional growth continued into the well aligned topography adjacent to Baker Peak. Recent growth south of the Tule River Indian Reservation represents continued risk to cultural and infrastructure values within the reservation. North of the Tule River Indian Reservation boundary, Camp Nelson remains threatened as fire continues to back along the 2017 Pier Fire scar toward the Middle Fork Tule River.

Outlook

Planned Actions

* Prep the 21S05 Road east toward the 21S16 Road along the 2020

Castle Fire control lines.

* Complete direct and indirect control line on the east side of the fire. Mop-up hot spots to keep fire within containment lines. Mop-up around the structure off of the 22S21 Road and Peppermint Campground off of the Lloyd Meadow Road.

* Scout for potential indirect control line along the 32E34 Trail. Prepare to fire the east side of the 22S16 Road from fire's edge south to prevent fire from crossing the west side of the 22S16 Road.

* Provide structure defense within the communities of Hot Springs, Pine Flat, Sugarloaf, and Tobias Peak Area. Coordinate the structure wrapping of the Baker Point Lookout. Improve and strengthen direct holding lines.

Continue to scout and construct contingency lines. Continue to protect the Trail of 100 Giants.

* Construct indirect line from Lone Pine Mountain north toward Wheatons. Keep fire east of the Tule River Reservation community. Construct direct and indirect line on the northeast side south toward Wheatons using the Two and a Quarter Road. Keep fire east of the Tule River Reservation community. Continue to monitor and patrol the Cholollo Campground.

* Continue to improve and construct handline or dozer line into the Castle and Pier fire perimeter. Use appropriate tactics to contain the fire south of Camp Nelson/Coy Flat Area. Provide structure defense for

Mountainaire.

* Monitor fire's progression toward Ponderosa, Peppermint Campground, Mountainaire and Coy Flat Road. Mop up and patrol to the extent necessary to protect values at risk.

* Monitor fire's progression toward Hot Springs, Pine Flat, Sugarloaf and other values at risk in the southern portion of the fire. Mop up hotspots and patrol to defend structures within the communities.

Projected Incident Activity

Stronger nighttime winds and stubbornly dry fuels will amplify fire behavior. With good ventilation, the contribution of fine fuels will persist during the night. Drainage winds will steer established, deep-seated fire both west and east down-slope toward the San Joaquin Valley and Kern River corridor,

sustaining an ongoing threat to the communities of Johnsondale, Posey, and Glenville. Recent growth south of the Tule River Indian Reservation represents continued risk to cultural and infrastructure assets within the reservation. Ongoing fire activity north of the Tule River Indian reservation will maintain a threat to the communities along highway 190, including Camp Nelson and Ponderosa.

Remarks

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is in unified command with Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Cooler conditions prevailed across the incident Sunday with high temperatures in the mid 60s to mid 70s. Despite the cooler temperatures, dry conditions continued with minimum relative humidity falling to the 25-40 percent range. Light northerly winds in the morning shifted to a westerly and up-canyon direction in the afternoon with peak gusts of 15-20 miles per hour.

Sunday night, gusty northwest winds are expected across the ridges and upper slopes, with gusts 20-25 miles per hour in the windier spots. At lower elevations, typical light drainage winds are anticipated. Overnight relative humidity recovery will be poor to moderate.

On Monday, gusty southwest to northwest winds are anticipated with peak gusts 20-30 miles per hour in the afternoon and evening hours. Temperatures will be cooler and relative humidity a bit higher.

On Tuesday, a dry cold front is still expected to sweep across the area, bringing cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. However, the front will also bring stronger winds with gusts around 35 miles per hour likely across the ridges and upper slopes.