Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Porterville, CA 93257
For Immediate Release - November 20, 2018 Information: Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 Current Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6238/
The Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Wildfires, located in the Western Divide Ranger District, are burning in dense timber stands with extensive tree mortality and heavy fuel loading on the ground. Anticipated weather is expected to help with containment efforts, and improve smoke conditions. An area closure remains in effect around the Alder and Mountaineer fires, including a portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness.
Alder Wildfire Acres Burned: Approximately 4,653 acresContainment: 55% containedResources: 65 personnel: 4 crews, 5 engines, 1 dozer, 1 water tender, 1 T- 1 helicopter, 1 T- 2 helicopter.
The Alder wildfire continues to slowly burn north, into an area burned in the 2016 Hidden Wildfire. The northwest side is being held on a dozer built containment line in Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. CAL FIRE is a supporting agency assisting with fire containment efforts. The fire has backed downhill to the Tule River where firefighters have focused their efforts on keeping it from crossing. Containment efforts along the south perimeter lines have been successful. Fire resources will monitor that area north of Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest. Aerial reconnaissance flights continue to monitor the fire each day.
Mountaineer WildfireAcres Burned: Approximately 1,270 acresContainment: 50%Resources: 25 total personnel: 1 crew, and 1 T-2 helicopter.
The Mountaineer Wildfire continues to slowly burn north of Summit Trailhead, northeast along South Mountaineer Creek, and towards Jacobson Creek in the Golden Trout Wilderness. It is located a half-mile east of the Alder Wildfire. Fire intensity is low as the wildfire burns through dead trees and ground litter. Firefighters will patrol the perimeter lines as needed to secure any potential slop-overs.
Moses Wildfire Acres Burned: 19 acres
The Moses Wildfire is being monitored by aerial reconnaissance flights. It continues to smolder in a secluded stand of trees, surrounded by rock.
Future updates will be distributed if conditions change for the Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses wildfires. Fire personnel will continue to be assigned as needed until the fire has been extinguished by winter weather.
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