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SQF Complex

Unit Information

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.

SQF Complex Daily Update, Oct. 1

SQF Complex Wildfire
News – 10/1/2020

Current Situation:

At 7:00 AM this morning, California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 transitioned into command of the entire SQF Complex Fire. Thank you, Incident Commander Jeff Veik, and all of CAL FIRE Team 6 for the leadership they provided on this incident.

Firefighters had another productive day on the SQF Complex yesterday. In the northwest section of the fire, there was a half-acre spot fire that was spotted in a large timber pile and worked with helicopters. 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 southern portion with the fire showing little activity and movement yesterday and overnight.

The primary objective continues to be full perimeter control, and under a full suppression strategy.

Today, mule trains will be traveling from Blackrock to Beach Meadows and Casa Vieja, with assistance from CONAFOR Team 3, to begin removing the structure protection wrap from the cabins in the area. Some of these cabins are over one hundred years old. We are sad to report that although wrapped and prepped, the Jiffy Pop cabin in Grey Meadows was destroyed.

Crews will continue to focus on the area between Coy Flat and the Kern River drainage, securing existing fireline. Shifting winds will have some impact on this portion of the fire. The Northwest perimeter of the fire will be patrolled, and any spot fires will be worked with aircraft. Crews will continue to work on falling many hazard trees and snags that pose a threat to containment and human safety. Areas of containment will continue to be monitored with hazards being identified and removed. This process will help repopulation efforts and lead into suppression repair, removing and identifying hazard trees and minimizing negative fire effects in the area. Large amounts of smoke from interior burning is expected, due to heavy downed fuels that continue to burn slowly inside the fire's perimeter.

The process of backhaul, breaking down and removing equipment and supplies no longer needed in the fire area, remains on the east portion of the fire and around several communities.
 

Evacuations:

  • Evacuation Orders, Map and Warnings for Tulare County.

  • Areas Downgraded to an Evacuation Warning:

    • Mineral King

    • Silver City

    • The remainder of South Fork Drive.

    • Residences on Blue Ridge Drive

  • Areas removed from Evacuation Warning List:

    • Three Rivers area, including but not limited to, areas of Three Rivers, South Fork Drive (below Conley Bridge), south of Heidi Drive and Cherokee Oaks

    • Balch Park, including Bear Creek to Rancheria Fire Road and Balch Park Road to Blue Ridge Drive

·       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 due to fire weather severity and resource availability: Regional Order No. 20-19

  • Regional Emergency Fire Restrictions are in place: Regional Order No. 20-18

  • 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 www.ready.gov/wildfires to learn how to prepare.

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