Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
Acres Burned: 16,002 Structures Threatened: 13
Containment: 61% Injuries: 5 (minor)
Personnel: 1,039 Fuel Type: Brush, timber, heavy dead and down
Start Date: June 24, 2017
A Forest closure order for the fire area, including all roads and trails is in affect and will remain 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.
Suppression efforts on the Schaeffer fire have increased to a containment of 61%. The southwest portion of the fire from the Forks of the Kern to Bonita Meadows is now considered contained. The fire remains active on its northern border in the Kern River area, northeast of the Forks of the Kern, and on the eastern flank in the Beach Meadows area. Protection measures are still in place for structures that may be threatened. Similar conditions are expected today for those regions of the fire, which may result in smoke columns.
Firefighters continue to work along the Kern River and on the eastern perimeter to secure and hold the fire line. Air operations will make water drops throughout the day to check fire spread and cool areas of intense heat. Crews may use firing operations when weather is ideal to consume unburned fuel between containment lines and the fire.
In advance of potential firing operations public and firefighter safety, as well as protection of property are top priorities. “Burning out” is a tactic used by firefighters to assist in controlling fires. Operations of this type are used during favorable weather to minimize fire severity. Firefighters will wait for optimal conditions and continually assess the firing operation. Smoke and fire may be visible.
Resources assigned to the Schaeffer Fire include of 30 crews, 28 engines, 6 dozers and 10 water tenders, and various overhead and support personnel for a total of 1,039 personnel.
Friday and Saturday will see a slight warming and drying trend. Relative humidity may drop back into the upper teens during this time.
As suppression efforts continue, smoke may impact surrounding 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 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.