Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
A Forest closure order for the area of the fire, including all roads and trails has been issued, going into effect today and will remain in effect until the fire is declared out (Forest Order No. 0513-17-20). For details regarding this closure, please go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285.
The Schaeffer Fire continues to challenge firefighters as they work long and arduous hours building containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. Fire management goals continue to include keeping the fire north of Schaeffer Trail, south of the ridge between Osa Creek and Grouse Canyon, east of Rincon Trail and West of Forest Road 22S05/21S02 Road.
Yesterday, a burn out operation along the Kern River was completed and crews are making their way down to the river. This area of the fire is critical for securing the west flank of the fire between the Kern River on the north to Schaeffer Meadows and Corral Meadows on the south. Crews are carefully monitoring the fire activity in the area. During the night the fire activity was minimal. Crews worked through the night in the steep terrain improving containment lines built during the day by increasing the width of the lines, clearing debris that might cross the lines and ignite fuels below and removing snags.
Today’s assignments are to hold and secure hand line, construct direct lines where possible. If that cannot be done safely and effectively, crews will then look for opportunities to construct indirect lines and use the road system. Structure protection continues as resources assess and set up structure protection in the Beach Meadow.
Today’s weather will be similar to yesterdays. Wednesday will be a transition day as a warming trend with higher relative humidity over the area.
As the Schaeffer Fire continues to burn, smoke will be impacting local communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. 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.
Information on the #SchaefferFire can be found by following on Facebook and Twitter or go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285. The Kern River Ranger District can also be reached at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.