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Wishon Fire

Unit Information

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

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Fire Information and Media
Email: 2022.wishon@firenet.gov
Phone: 208-891-6270
Hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

08/21/2022 Wishon Fire Final Update (August 21, 2022)
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News - 08/21/2022

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Firefighting personnel from USDA Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Tulare County, and other cooperators responded to the Wishon Fire on August 15 in the Tule River Canyon near The Stairs on the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest.   The fire is estimated at 325 acres with 95% containment.  At its peak, approximately 328 firefighters were assigned to the incident.

Power Restoration:   All Power has been restored to SCE customers.  SCE helps you prepare for wildfires and related power issues at: sce.com/wildfire 

Evacuations and Closures:  The Tulare County Sheriff has lifted all evacuation warnings including Wishon Camp and Doyle Springs, and the California Highway Patrol has lifted all road closures. 

Firefighters, heavy equipment and utility companies will continue to be working in the area so please use caution and drive slow.

Forest Fire Restrictions:  The Sequoia National Forest has enacted fire restrictions prohibiting campfires, welding, or smoking on all public lands managed by the Forest below 5,000 feet including developed or non-developed campsites. Campfires will only be allowed above 5,000 feet in developed campgrounds managed by the Forest Service or concessionaire, Rocky Mountain Recreation Company. Full Forest Order

The Sequoia National Forest covers over 1.1 million acres in three counties of Southern California and offers an abundance of recreation opportunities for people to enjoy. The Sequoia National Forest has six designated wildernesses For information regarding current conditions and regulations about a wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest,  Kiavah Wilderness     |     Domeland     |    South Sierra     |     Monarch Wilderness     |     Jennie Lakes Wilderness     |      Golden Trout Wilderness

“WILDFIRE IS COMING… ARE YOU READY?” CALFIRE provides a comprehensive online resource for all aspects of wildfire preparedness, post wildfire, where and who you can contact for support, as well as many other valuable resources. Visit: Wildfire is coming... Are you ready? 
 
Returning Home after a Wildfire:  Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home.  Visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire/ for more information and details.

Air Quality: Current impacts to air quality from the Wishon Fire are expected to be minimal. To check on air quality for your area, or wherever you are visiting, check: airnow.gov 

Aviation / Drone Restrictions: The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA)  Temporary Flight Restriction remain in effect for a 5-mile radius of the fire, and 10,000 feet ASL.  Any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!”

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Information will continue to be updated as it becomes available. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused, Undetermined
Date of OriginMonday August 15th, 2022 approx. 02:40 PM
Incident CommanderTrevor Drake, IC(t), Chris Morales
Incident DescriptionFull Suppression.
Coordinates36.16 latitude, -118.707 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel234
Size325 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Grass, chaparral.

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering

Intense heat detected on north end of the fire along the fire's edge and within containment lines.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews continue to work to improve existing control lines and extinguish areas of heat that may pose a threat to the line. In areas of need for suppression repair, crews have begun assessing repair when possible. Crews have also been backhauling equipment.

Projected Incident Activity

Continued smoldering within containment lines in heavy fuels. On-going mop-up is having a big

impact on fire on fire behavior potential.

Remarks

2 minor injuries were reported

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Afternoon high temperatures climbed into the 95-100 degree range while relative humidity dropped into the 16-20% range. Typical diurnal winds prevailed with upcanyon gusts around 15 MPH this afternoon.

For tonight, clear and warm conditions are expected. Relative

humidity will exhibit modest recovery into the 30-40% percent

range. Winds will be light and variable.

For Sunday through mid-week, minor day-to-day changes are

expected. Temperatures will remain several degrees above normal. Relative humidity will drop into the 15-25% range each afternoon with marginal overnight recovery. Typical diurnal winds are expected with upcanyon gusts around 15 MPH each afternoon. By

Thursday and Friday, there is the potential for some isolated

showers and thunderstorms in the area as monsoonal moisture filters into the area.