Rough Fire Update
Monday, October 5, 2015
South Zone (Sequoia NF) Fire Information Line: 559-338-2251 ext. 330
North Zone (Sierra NF) Fire Information Line: 559-297-0706
Date Started: July 31, 2015
Size: 151,623 acres
Structures Destroyed: 4
Firefighter injuries to date: 12
Total Personnel: 260 Fire Resources: 7 crews, 5 engines, 2 helicopters, 4 bulldozers, 10 water tenders
FIRE SUMMARY: Cooler weather and wetting rain was received over parts of the fire area today aiding firefighters with suppression efforts. Warmer and dryer air is expected to move into the area on Tuesday with above average temperatures towards the end of the week. Fire crews are continuing to patrol and mop-up areas within the perimeter of the burn. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is assessing long-term threats to life, property, water quality and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage.
SOUTH ZONE: The South Zone will be transitioning over the next few days from a Type 3 organization to a smaller locally administered team comprised mainly of district personnel. Firefighters are being released to their home units and families. As a result, a smaller operation will be relocating to the Western Diocese of North America/Armenian Church Camp from the YMCA Camp at Sequoia Lake.
Although fire fighters have already made good progress, crews are taking advantage of the rain and cooler temperatures to strengthen containment lines. Firefighters are continuing to patrol and mop-up hot spots, focusing their efforts on the western flank of the fire area where it burned most recently. BAER specialists are completing their data gathering and verification field work in the burn area. The assessment team uses the soil burn severity data to identify if there are areas of concern where increased soil erosion, accelerated surface water run-off, and debris flows have the potential to impact human life/safety and property from storm events. The team will then consider emergency stabilization options for those critical resources.
The Forest Service reminds hunters and visitors to the forest that closures are still in effect and asks for the public’s patience as a lot of work remains within the fire area. Highway 180 is closed north of Grant Grove; however, the public can still enjoy the General Grant Tree, Grant Grove Visitor Center and points south to Giant Forest. Visit www.nps.gov/seki for the latest recreation and park information.
NORTH ZONE: All areas within the North Zone are in patrol status by air and ground resources.
AREA CLOSURES: Area closures for public and firefighter safety remain in place on the Sequoia and SierraNational Forests, Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park.
The latest Rough Fire Information can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4456/