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Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257

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Denise Alonzo
Email: dalonzo@fs.fed.us
Phone: 559-539-2607 ext. 2212
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Alder, Mountaineer and Moses Fires Update 10-31-18

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires Wildfire
News – 10/31/2018

For Immediate Release Date: October 31, 2018
Contact: Fire Information
(559) 539-2607 ext. 2292

Current Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6238/

ALDER FIRE

Location: Five miles north of Camp Nelson by North Alder Creek

Acres Burned: Approximately 1,400 acres

Fire Discovered: October 4

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 35% contained

Resources: 263 total personnel: 8 hand crews, 13 engines, 2, dozers, 2 helicopters, 1 excavator,

1 water tender, 6 fallers, and 3 patrols

Summary: The Alder Fire is located on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The fire is burning north of North Alder Creek in dense timber with extensive tree mortality which has produced many snags and heavy fuels on the ground. The extensive number of dead trees creates a serious safety concern for firefighters. Given these conditions, a confine and contain suppression strategy is being used to manage the fire.

Characteristic: Fire behavior remained moderate yesterday with some growth in acreage. The fire is contained at the north bank of North Alder Creek. The west side of the Alder Fire has not crossed the Middle Fork of the Tule River. The northwest flank of the fire has backed down into the Burro Creek drainage, and rock outcrops have slowed the progression of the fire to the north. The fire is still confined to the ground, consuming large amounts of dead wood, bug and drought killed trees, which is cleaning up a lot of dead fuel in its footprint.

Aerial firing operations will resume this morning with the favorable weather conditions, to increase containment along the western and northern edge of the Alder fire. Fallers are finishing up the removal of dead, hazardous trees along Redwood Drive. The reopening of existing dozer line is being finished along the east side of Mountain Home State Forest, as a contingency fire line. Work is also being finished along the Power Line Road to improve it to use as a fire line if needed. The fire management team is working in close coordination with CAL FIRE to implement containment lines that complement the work CAL FIRE has been completing around Mountain Home State Forest to improve forest health. Resources for the Alder Fire also have responsibility for initial attack, to respond to any new fires that are discovered on the Western Divide Ranger District.

Closures: An area closure for the area around the Alder Fire and the Mountaineer fire on the Western Divide Ranger District went into effect on October 20.

COY FIRE

Location: Camp Nelson at Coy Flat, Sequoia National Forest, Western Divide Ranger District

Acres Burned: Approximately 0.20 acres

Fire Discovered: October 29

Cause: Under investigation

Resources: Patrol

Summary: A new fire, the Coy Fire, was detected October 29 around 5 pm. Four Engines and one crew from the Alder fire responded to this new fire on October 29, along with resources from Tulare County Fire Department. They quickly suppressed the fire, and it is contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is being patrolled.

MOUNTAINEER FIRE

Location: About ½ mile north of Summit Trailhead, in the Golden Trout Wilderness.

Acres Burned: Approximately 89 acres

Fire Discovered: October 13

Cause: Lightning

Resources: 2 personnel

Summary: The Mountaineer Fire is burning about a ½ mile north of the Summit Trailhead, on the north side of South Mountaineer Creek, in the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. The Mountaineer Fire is about 1.5 miles east of the Alder Fire. Aerial reconnaissance flights continue to monitor the fire daily. The fire is in a remote area dangerous to access on foot due to a large number of dead standing trees. A confine and contain suppression strategy is being used to suppress this fire. Characteristic: The fire continues to exhibit moderate fire behavior, backing downhill. There continues to be moderate growth of the fire to the west and north as it backs downslope toward Jacobson Creek. Crews have reopened and improved trails and previous fire lines to the south of the fire, preparing to use them if needed. Firefighters are now scouting for opportunities to provide containment as the fire moves to the north and west. Closures: An area closure for the area around the Alder Fire and Mountaineer Fire on the Western Divide Ranger District went into effect on October 20.

MOSES FIRE

Location: One mile south of Moses Mountain

Acres Burned: 0.3 acres

Fire Discovered: October 17

Cause: Lightning

Summary:During a reconnaissance flight for the Alder Fire on October 17, the Moses Fire was discovered. It is located one mile south of Moses Mountain, west of the Upper Tule Grove, at the head of Pine Creek on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. Characteristic: Aerial infrared reconnaissance flown last night detected moderately active fire behavior. The fire continues to back down slope in a southerly direction through timber stringers. It is held in check by rocky slopes that have limited its progression so far, but the fire management team is developing options for improving confinement of the fire.

WEATHER OUTLOOK Dry weather and light, terrain driven winds can be expected over the fire through the end of this week with a day to day warming trend. Temperatures will again begin warming with lower relative humidity through the weekend as high pressure returns to the region.

SMOKE OUTLOOK

Smoke will impact some communities with moderate air quality today. Increasing visible smoke will be present over the fire today as firing operations continue to assist with containment. Information about air quality and what you can do to reduce the effects of smoke can be found at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s website http://www.valleyair.org/aqinfo/wildfires.htm.

U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument Voice: 559-784-1500

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