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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
Phone: 559-920-1588
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Denise Alonzo
Phone: 559-539-2607
Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Alicia Embrey
Phone: 559-339-4063
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SQF Complex Update for Oct. 15, 2020

SQF Complex Wildfire
News – 10/15/2020

Incident Information:

Start / Report Date: 8/19/20 

Cause: Lightning


Hand Crews: 17

Dozers: 6

Size: 167,766 acres        

Location: 25 miles N of Kernville, CA

Helicopters: 13

  Water Tenders: 21                           

Containment: 70 % 

Injuries: 17

Structures Destroyed: 228

Engines: 28

Total Personnel: 790

Current Situation:

Today and tomorrow will be warmer with less humidity and light wind in the afternoon.  A cooling trend starts Saturday.  There is no rain in the forecast.  Increased fire behavior and chance of spot fires are likely today.

Work in the South Fork area to the Hockett Ranger Station is going well and continues with aircraft and the insertion of two additional crews.  Air operations will continue in the Devils Canyon area in the next several days as smoke conditions allow.  Four elite hotshot crews will be working in the Hockett and Cahoon Cabin areas.   Tactical firing will continue as necessary and safe to do so to secure South Fork Rd. to Devils Canyon.

A Forest Closure Order is in place for a portion of the Sequoia National Forest.  The Trail of 100 Giants is now open.  In and around the fire area, hazards continue to be identified that pose a threat to public safety.  The roads and trail systems within the burn area are narrow and hazardous. Additionally, there are numerous natural hazards created by the fire, such as tree snags and root holes created by roots burning beneath the surface of the soil, etc.  Roads are being used for the transport of heavy equipment, such as dozers and other suppression equipment.  Fire suppression and repair activities make the area unsafe and dangerous for the public.  Once work is complete, additional areas may reopen to the public.  For specific road closure information see

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been established by the Forest Service and assigned the task of assessing the burned areas for the SQF Complex. The team will be coordinating with the Sequoia National Forest as well as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Weather Service, US Geological Survey, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tulare County and other federal, tribal, state and local agencies as they assess potential post-fire impacts to the burned watersheds.

Structure defensive protection work has been completed on the Ming and Kern Cabins.  Preparation continues on the Quinn Cabin and work will begin on the Fisherman cabin.

The Sequoia National Forest landscape is as spectacular as its trees.  Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west.  Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-carved canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end.

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office downgraded their evacuation orders on October 13-14.  As residents return to the opened areas, it is extremely important that they remain clear of all closure areas. Activities, such as wood gathering, and hunting are not allowed within the forest closure area. For more information visit:  South Fork Drive needs to remain available for fire crews and heavy equipment access from Highway 198 to Cinnamon Canyon Road. Please drive with caution.  Sheriff deputies patrol the evacuation areas regularly.

Mandatory evacuations remain for Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, Balch Park Campground, and South Fork Drive (west of Salt Creek Fire Control Road). 

The following communities and areas are under an evacuation warning and open to residents only:  Camp Nelson, Pier Point, Ponderosa, Mountain Aire, Rodgers Camp, Coy Flat, Doyle Springs, Balch Park Road from Battle Mountain Monument to the entrance of Mtn. Home Demonstration State Forest, Bear Creek Road from the Rancheria Fire Control Road to the entrance of Mtn. Home Demonstration State Forest, Silver City and Mineral King, Alpine Village, Sequoia Crest, areas of Redwood Drive, and South Fork Drive, east of Salt Creek Fire Control Road

Road closures and/or temporary control points include Balch Park Road at the entrance to Mtn Home State Forest, Bear Creek Road at the entrance to Mtn. Home Demonstration State Forest, Hwy 190 at Rio Vista Dr., Redwood Dr. at Hwy 190, Nelson Dr. at Skyline, M107 at Fox Rd.  Refer to the Forest Closure Order for portions of the Sequoia National Forest that remain closed. For more information visit:


Tulare County has a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at the Government Plaza, 1055 West Henderson Avenue, Porterville, CA. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Call 559-802-9790.  A satellite LAC is open in Camp Nelson on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


  • Evacuation Orders, Map and Warnings  for Tulare County.  
  • Tulare County has a structure assessment formfor 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 centersatPorterville Community College and the North Exeter Community Building. Also, call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.


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