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Quarter Fire

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Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
California
Sonora, CA 95370

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Quarter Fire Update 6/24/2020 AM

Quarter Fire Wildfire
News – 6/24/2020

 Fire Information Line:  209-288-6312 

  LOCATION:  Stanislaus National Forest INCIDENT COMMAND TEAM: Stanislaus National Forest Type 3 ACRES: 10 PERCENT CONTAINED: 75% TOTAL PERSONNEL: 93   3 Hand Crews, 2 Helicopters, 4 Engines, 4 Dozers, 1 Water Tender

CURRENT SITUATION: Fire containment has increased to 75% and the total size was reduced to 10 acres, due to better mapping of the perimeter. Today, firefighters will continue to reinforce the line around the fire and mop up hot spots. Minimal smoke and fire activity is anticipated, however potential spotting from burning and/or rolling debris crossing the containment line and igniting unburned fuel outside the fire perimeter is still a concern.

An unauthorized Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, or drone, flew over the fire yesterday. When this occurs, all aerial support must be grounded due to safety concerns. This can prolong firefighting operations; and in many cases, wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant and water, monitor wildfires from above or provide tactical information to firefighters. There is a Temporary Restricted Flight zone around the Quarter Fire to help ensure aerial support safety. Flying within this restricted area can have very severe consequences, including up to one year in federal prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000. Pilots may also have their license suspended or revoked. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of this intrusion.

As a result of reduced fire activity and increasing containment, most crews will be demobing today and the incident will be turned over to the Stanislaus National Forest Type 4 Team.

The Fire Incident Commander continues to request that the public stay out of this area and all access roads to the fire to avoid interfering with fire crews and equipment supporting suppression and rehabilitation efforts. Unfortunately, this has been a continual safety issue, the public’s support is greatly appreciated. The safety of fire fighters and the public is our number one priority.

The Advisory Evacuation Order issued for homes off Forest Road 3N11 and the north side of Cedar Ridge has been lifted as of 6 p.m. June 22. 

Weather conditions: Very dry conditions will persist throughout the area and temperatures near 100 degrees are expected to continue. There is potential for gusty winds during the day. 

For more information about the Stanislaus National Forest, visit us at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StanislausNF, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/StanislausNF. For more information please go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6793/.

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