Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
Acres Burned: 16,002
Structures Threatened: 13
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.
Over the last several days, firefighters have been very successful in holding the containment lines on the Schaeffer Fire. Crews continue to seek out hot spots with the help of Infrared Imaging. These hot spots are within the fire’s perimeter and once identified, firefighters immediately work to extinguish the hot spots that threaten the containment line.
The Schaeffer Fire started from a lightning strike in the Sequoia National Forest, approximately 17 miles north of the community of Kernville, CA. In spite of the firefighters efforts to stop it from burning into extremely steep terrain and heavy fuels the fire continued to grow. On July 3, 2017 the fire was transferred to Central Coast Incident Management Team.
With the significant progress made by firefighters in reaching 77% containment, fire managers are now downsizing the suppression organization. Resources are being released as conditions warrant. The management of the Schaeffer Fire will returned to the Sequoia National Forest under the management their local forest team. Transition to the forest will be Tuesday, July 18, 2016. The forest team will be responsible to further secure the fire line, continue mopping up, patrol and rehabilitate areas affected by the suppression activities.
On behalf of Central Coast Incident Management Team, Incident Commander Van Arroyo, would like to thank the communities affected by the Schaeffer Fire for their patience and cooperation. For Smoke Advisory 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, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kern River Ranger District can also be reached at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.