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SQF Complex

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257

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Incident Contacts

Sequoia National Forest
Email: sqfcomplex2020@gmail.com
Phone: 559-920-1588
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Denise Alonzo
Email: denise.alonzo@usda.gov
Phone: 559-539-2607
Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Alicia Embrey
Email: alicia.embrey@usda.gov
Phone: 559-339-4063
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sequoia Fire Complex Update for September 29

SQF Complex Wildfire
News – 9/29/2020

Current Situation: Firefighters had another productive day on the Sequoia Complex East Zone yesterday. Containment of the complex has increased to 58%. Changing weather will be a factor in the fight today. Winds will be primarily terrain driven and vary in direction for the rest of the week. Lower relative humidity and temperatures are forecasted to be ten degrees above normal. Containment increased in the northern and southern portions with the fire showing little activity and movement yesterday and overnight. The primary objective continues to be full perimeter control. This fire continues to be under a full suppression strategy.

Today, fire crews will continue to focus on improving fireline between Coy Flat and the Kern River drainage. Shifting winds will have some impact on this portion of the East Zone perimeter. Heavy downed fuels continue to burn themselves out, leading to more smoke and lower visibility. Several Hotshot crews and CONAFOR hand crews from Mexico have been working this area. Crews will continue to work on falling many hazard trees and snags that pose a threat to containment and human safety. In areas of containment, crews will continue to patrol and clean up, securing existing line. This process will help lead into suppression repair, removing hazard trees and minimizing negative fire effects in the area.

Minimal movement was seen on the north side of the fire. Air support was patrolling looking for hotspots and extinguishing them as they occurred. Crews were moved from the northern section to help other areas of the fire. As work is completed in higher priority areas of the fire, crews will shift up to address this uncontained line.

The process of backhaul, breaking down and removing equipment and supplies no longer needed in the fire area, has been initiated at Camp Nelson community, on the east portion of the fire and around several communities.

Weather: A warming and drying trend will impact the area for the next several days. Temperatures will be ten degrees above normal and relative humidity will dip into the low teens and potentially, single digits.
Evacuations:

  • Evacuation Orders, Map and Warnings for Tulare County.

  • Areas Downgraded to an Evacuation Warning:

    • All of South Fork Drive below Cinnamon Canyon Road

    • Including Cinnamon Canyon Road

    • All remaining Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings remain in place

  • Tulare County has a structure assessment form for evacuees affected by the fire to provide contact information for County officials as the damage assessment continues.

  • An interactive map showing damaged structures is available.

  • Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency hotline for affected citizens – (559) 802-9790

  • The Red Cross has evacuation centers at Porterville Community College and the North Exeter Community Building. Also, call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or https://tinyurl.com/yafetgkj

Closures:

  • Sequoia and Inyo National Forests closure is extended: Regional Order No. 20-17

  • Regional Emergency Fire Restrictions are in place: Regional Order No. 20-16

  • The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Office has issued a temporary emergency closure.

  • Road closures due to the SQF Complex may be found by clicking here.

  • The Temporary Flight Restriction (9/19/20) may be found here. Drones over the fire area are prohibited.

  • Sequoia National Park remains closed due to fire threat, including Generals Highway from Ash Mountain Entrance in Three Rivers to the Woodward Gate west

Smoke: Current air quality may be found at https://fire.airnow.gov/.

Alert: To receive emergency notifications regarding evacuations and critical events sign up at alerttc.com.

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Tulare County Fire Department, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Tule River Tribe, California Rehabilitation Center Fire Department, California Conservation Corps, California Office of Emergency Services, and Bureau of Land Management.

Safety Message: This will be a long duration event. Residents in the affected areas are encouraged to continue to prepare for the possibility of fire in their area in advance. Go to https://www.ready.gov/wildfires to learn how to prepare.

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