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Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Porterville, CA 93257

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Alder, Mountaineer and Moses Fires Update 11-7-18

Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires Wildfire
News – 11/7/2018

For Immediate Release Date: November 7, 2018

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

Current Fire Information:


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

Acres Burned: Approximately 437 acres

Fire Discovered: October 13

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 0%

Resources: 70 total personnel: 3 Crews and 2 engines

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 consuming dead trees and dead fuel on the ground. The south side of the fire will continue to move toward Summit Trailhead. The north side of the fire is moving toward Jacobson Creek. Crews have reopened and improved trails and previous fire lines to the south, west and east of the fire to use as fire lines. The south side of the Mountaineer Fire pushed across the Summit Trail yesterday, creating a 2 acre slop over by the Summit Trailhead that was contained by firefighters. Today, hand firing is planned from the Summit Trailhead heading northeast along a hand fire line, toward a rocky area and the burn scar from the Soda Fire. The purpose of the firing operation is to reduce the fuel load, keep the fire within the containment area, and solidify containment sooner. Aerial ignition was used yesterday on the north side of the Mountaineer Fire near Jacobson Creek. Aerial firing operations will resume today in that same location. The cooler temperatures at this high elevation over 8000 feet, along with shorter fall days and higher relative humidity have shortened the window when conditions are favorable for effective firing operations. Local residents may see a temporary 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.


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

Acres Burned: Approximately 1,667 acres

Fire Discovered: October 4

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 55% contained

Resources: 99 total personnel: 2 hand crews, 5 engines, and 1 helicopter

ALDER FIRE (continued)

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 dead 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: Aerial reconnaissance flights continue to monitor the fire each day. 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. Rock outcrops have slowed the progression northward. There has been very little progression to the east. The fire remains confined to the ground, slowly creeping and smoldering among dead trees stressed by drought and killed by insects, cleaning up dead fuel on the ground in its path. There has only been a small amount of growth in the perimeter the past couple days, and minimal growth is expected in the next several days.

Crews continue to monitor the southwest corner of the Alder Fire in the vicinity of the small slop overs that occurred in the past several days. Suppression repair of contingency fire lines near Mountain Home State Forest on the west side of the Alder Fire is complete. Crews are finishing suppression repair of hand fire lines in the area of Sequoia Crest. Suppression repair of fire lines is done largely to mitigate the potential for erosion. The excavator has finished suppression repair of secondary dozer lines on the west side of the fire. Resources continue to monitor the fire near the Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest communities.


Location: One mile south of Moses Mountain

Acres Burned: 1.3 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 continues to exhibit minimal fire behavior. The aerial reconnaissance flight found very little visible smoke from the Moses Fire, and mapped the fire at 1.3 acres. It is still burning in a stringer of timber, and is hung up in rocks.

WEATHER OUTLOOK High pressure aloft over the Eastern Pacific Ocean will maintain dry and warm conditions at the fire for the next few days, with light terrain driven winds continuing. Surface high pressure building in the Great Basin will bring offshore flow and elevated fire weather conditions for Thursday and Friday, with low humidity remaining through the weekend.


Conditions similar to yesterday are expected today, with smoke expected to stay at higher elevations. Smoke production will decrease in quantity over the next few days. The smoke outlook for the fire area can be viewed at 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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