Morning Update 9/12/17
Incident: Railroad Fire Wildfire
There were no fire crews on the fire line last night. Thunderstorms brought about a quarter inch of rain over the fire area overnight. Today fire crews will continue with mop up operations to extinguish hot spots near the fire perimeter.
Fire crews will also continue with fire line suppression repair, repairing or improving land damaged during fire suppression and line construction activity. Resource Advisors from the Forest Service have identified the extent of suppression repair needed. Those repairs can vary depending upon the intended use of the affected area after the fire. Resource Advisors identify natural and cultural resources which may have been impacted during the Railroad Fire.
With Highway 41 open, drivers are urged to drive with caution as a large firefighting presence remains along the highway, residential streets and Forest roads. CalTrans does have parking restrictions in place along the highway due to fire crews still preforming suppression repair work. Travelers can expect to see smoke within the fire area as interior islands, and heavy down material smolder.
The Sierra National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order for the area impacted by the Railroad Fire. The purpose of this closure is to provide safety for the public and for the firefighters who are engaged in the fire suppression and suppression repair efforts within the Railroad Fire Closure Area. This restriction is necessary for the purpose of ensuring public safety until the wildfire can be managed to protect the public. Closure of the fire area is necessary to help ensure that no one is injured within or near the active fire perimeter. All National Forest System roads and trails, within the active fire perimeter will be closed due to fire suppression and suppression repair activities that create a hazard to the public which includes the falling of hazard trees that were weakened by fire and the construction and maintenance of fuel breaks. This closure will remain in effect until the fire is declared out. The full Forest Closure Order and map can be viewed at www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/