Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
Acres Burned: 10,674 Structures Burned: 0
Containment: 8% Injuries: 0
Personnel: 614 Fuel Type: Brush and Timber
Kernville, CA July 6, 2017 - The Schaeffer Fire is currently 10,674 acres and 8% contained. The fire is burning 17 miles north of Kernville within the 2002 McNally wildfire footprint.
On Saturday June 24, the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest received thunderstorm activity over the area starting the Schaeffer Fire.
Fire crews continued to strengthen containment lines on the west flank near the Kern River. The fire progressed southeast and is burning in steep terrain. They also continue to construct indirect handline south to intersect with forest roads, trails, and Sherman Pass Road. Helicopters are making water drops to protect resources in the vicinity. Air tankers will be used to reinforce containment lines on the southern end when they can be used effectively and weather conditions are favorable.
Fire behavior is active today. Smoke will continue to be visible from the communities of Johnsondale and Ponderosa on the west side and communities along Hwy 395 on the east side of the fire.
People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm.
The weather will continue to be in the 80s with humidity around 18-23% with a slight chance of thunderstorms today.
For more information go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285 or call the Kern River Ranger District at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Proposed road closure of Sherman Pass Road from the Sherman Pass Vista Point to Troy Meadow Campground due to smoke, fire fighter traffic and fire progressing toward road.