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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 11-4-18

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires Wildfire
News – 11/4/2018

For Immediate Release Date: November 4, 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 1,579 acres

Fire Discovered: October 4

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 45% contained

Resources: 150 total personnel: 3 hand crews, 8 engines, 3 helicopters, 1 excavator and 3 patrols

Summary: The Alder Fire, located on the Western Divide Ranger District, is burning north of North Alder Creek in dense timber with extensive tree mortality, 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 creating a 3-acre slop over on the southwest corner of the Alder Fire Friday. The slop over was contained with hand fire line constructed by crews, and aerial support from retardant and helicopter water drops. It will be watched closely for several more days. And two engines are monitoring fire behavior near the Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest Communities during the night.

The fire remains contained to the south, by North Alder Creek. The western perimeter 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 northward and to the east. The fire remains confined to the ground, slowly creeping and smoldering among dead trees killed by insects, cleaning up dead fuel on the ground in its path.

Contingency fire line preparation in the Mountain Home State Forest has been completed. Suppression repair of contingency fire lines is in progress, largely to mitigate the potential for erosion. The excavator is doing suppression repair of secondary dozer lines on the west side of the fire, while crews are doing suppression repair of secondary hand fires line on the west side of the fire. Resources for the Alder Fire are prepared for initial attack to respond to any new fires discovered on the Western Divide Ranger District.

MOUNTAINEER FIRE

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

Acres Burned: Approximately 310 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. 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, slowly backing downhill. There continues to be moderate growth to the southwest and west as it backs downslope toward Jacobson Creek. Crews have reopened and improved trails and previous fire lines to the south and west of the fire, preparing to use them as fire line if needed. Yesterday the hand firing operation continued along Summit Trail. Today, the firing operation will include hand firing along another section of the Summit Trail, to reduce the fuel load and keep the fire within the containment area, and solidify containment sooner. Also, aerial ignition might be used on the south side of the Mountaineer Fire. Local residents may see an increase in smoke coming from the fire area due to the firing operation.

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

MOSES FIRE

Location: One mile south of Moses Mountain

Acres Burned: 0.3 acres

Fire Discovered: October 17

Cause: Lightning

Summary:The Moses Fire was discovered during an October 17 Alder Fire reconnaissance flight. The fire 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. Characteristic: The fire is exhibiting minimal fire behavior. Reconnaissance of the fire from the air will continue to monitor fire activity. WEATHER OUTLOOK An area of high pressure aloft over the Eastern Pacific Ocean will be responsible for dry weather, light terrain driven winds, and above normal high temperatures this weekend. Little diurnal change in relative humidity values is expected this weekend over the Tulare County mountains.

SMOKE OUTLOOK

Today, smoke will impact some communities near the fire. Air quality will improve in the afternoon as smoke dissipates. The smoke outlook for the fire area can be viewed at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/SouthernSierra-Sequoia. 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.

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