July 15 Schaeffer Fire Update
Incident: Schaeffer Fire Wildfire
Acres Burned: 16,002 Structures Threatened: 13
Containment: 74 % Injuries: 17
Personnel: 985 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.
Clear weather yesterday allowed firefighters to conduct a successful burning operation in the NW corner of the fire near the Kern River and the South Fork of the Kern River intersect. Today crews will continue to work, keeping the fire to the south side of the Kern River. On the east flank of the fire, in the Bonita Flats area, the fire’s perimeter has not changed over the last few days. In all other areas of the fire, crews continue to work improving and mopping-up containment lines and constructing direct line as needed.
Over the next several days, firefighters will start fire suppression repair. The goal of fire suppression repair is to minimize or eliminate environmental impacts caused by firefighting activities and leave the area in as natural a condition as possible. Vegetation that was cut will be scattered and used to cover areas of bare soil that were cleared by the fire fighters. This includes hand lines, dozer lines, safety zones and helicopter landing sites. Trash will be hauled out and excess equipment will be removed. Fire suppression repair is the first phase of rehabilitation after a wildfire.
With the significant progress made in reaching 74% containment, fire managers are beginning to downsize the suppression organization. Resources are being released as conditions warrant.
Information on the #SchaefferFire can be found on Facebook and Twitter , https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285 or go to Schaefferfire@gmail.com. The Kern River Ranger District can also be reached at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.