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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
Phone: 559-539-2607 ext. 2212
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Alder, Mountaineer and Moses Fires Update 11-2-18

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires Wildfire
News – 11/2/2018

Fire Update

Alder, Mountaineer and Moses Fires

Giant Sequoia National Monument/Sequoia National Forest

For Immediate Release Date: November 2, 2018 Contact: Fire Information
(559) 539-2607 ext. 2292

Current Fire Information:

Note: Sequence of fire updates below are adjusted, due to aerial work planned for today on the Mountaineer Fire.


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

Acres Burned: Approximately 109 acres

Fire Discovered: October 13

Cause: Lightning

Resources: 2 Crews

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 exhibited moderate fire behavior yesterday, slowly backing downhill. There continues to be moderate growth to the west 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. A firing operation is planned today to reduce the fuel load within the containment area to solidify containment sooner. Local residents may see an increase in smoke coming from the fire area due to the firing operation. 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.


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

Acres Burned: Approximately 1,540 acres

Fire Discovered: October 4

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 45% contained

Resources: 168 total personnel: 4 hand crews, 8 engines, 2 helicopters, 1 excavator,

1 water tender, 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: There was no change in fire behavior yesterday. The fire is contained to the south by North Alder Creek. Containment has nearly been achieved to the southwest at 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 northward. The fire is still confined to the ground, consuming large amounts of dead wood and bug and drought killed trees which are reducing large amounts of fuel in its footprint.

Aerial firing operations were conducted yesterday to increase containment along the northwestern and northern edge of the fire. Aerial firing operations are planned again today to improve containment along the northern edges of the fire. Contingency line work in the Mountain Home State Forest has been completed, and rehabilitation of the fire lines for the winter will be completed within the next few days. Resources for the Alder Fire are prepared for initial attack to respond to any new fires 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.


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: The fire exhibited minimal fire behavior yesterday. Reconnaissance of the fire from the air will be continued to monitor fire activity. WEATHER OUTLOOKDry weather and light, terrain driven winds can be expected over the fire through early next week with little diurnal change in temperatures and humidities.


Smoke will impact some communities north and south of the fire with moderate air quality today as the smoke from yesterday disperses. 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

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

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