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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 11-3-18

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires Wildfire
News – 11/3/2018

For Immediate Release Date: November 3, 2018

Contact: Fire Information (559) 539-2607 ext. 2292

Current Fire Information:


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

Acres Burned: Approximately 1,549 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 into 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: A burning snag fell across North Alder Creek yesterday, creating a 3-acre slop over. The slop over was contained with hand line and aerial support with water and retardant drops. After completing the fire line, crews pulled back to Doyle Springs to monitor fire activity. Today crews will be improving security around the southwest corner of the Alder Fire.

The fire remains 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 dead fuel on the ground and trees that have been killed by insects, which has reduced large amounts of fuel in its footprint.

Contingency fire line work in the Mountain Home State Forest has been completed. Firefighters are doing suppression repair of the fire lines for the winter on the west side of the Alder Fire. The excavator is doing suppression repair work on Power Line Road. Crews are working on suppression repair in Sequoia Crest. Resources for the Alder Fire are prepared for initial attack to respond to any new fires discovered on the Western Divide Ranger District.


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

Acres Burned: Approximately 170 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 continues to exhibit moderate fire behavior, slowly backing downhill. There continues to be moderate growth to the southwest and west as it backs down 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. Yesterday a hand line firing operation was conducted off Summit Trail. The hand firing operation off the Summit Trail will continue 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.

Closures: An area closure for the area around the Alder Fire and the Mountaineer fire on the Western Divide Ranger District went into effect 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 October 17, the Moses Fire was discovered. It is located 1 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 continues to exhibit minimal fire behavior. Reconnaissance of the fire from the air will be continued to monitor fire activity.

WEATHER OUTLOOK An area of high pressure will continue the dry weather pattern. Little day to day change in temperature or humidity trends will occur over the next several days, with winds being terrain driven.


Smoke production will continue with the majority of smoke being produced from the Mountaineer Fire. The highest impacts are expected in communities closest to the fire. 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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