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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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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 Update for Oct. 16, 2020

SQF Complex Wildfire
News – 10/16/2020

Incident Information:

Start / Report Date: 8/19/20 

Cause: Lightning

  Resources:

Hand Crews: 18

Dozers: 6


Size: 167,913 acres        

Location: 25 miles N of Kernville, CA

Helicopters: 13

  Water Tenders: 17                           


Containment: 70 % 

Injuries: 17

Structures Destroyed: 228

Engines: 27

Total Personnel: 8


Current Situation:  Four Hotshot crews are working in the Hockett and Cahoon Cabin areas. Hotshot crews, (Interagency Hotshot Crews or IHC), first established in the 1940’s, are highly-skilled hand crews trained for all phases of fire management and incident operations.  IHCs are staffed, conditioned, equipped and qualified to meet a variety of strategic and tactical wildland fire assignments. 

Today 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 a chance of spot fires are likely today.  Structure defense protection efforts have been completed on all identified historic cabins. 

Please see today’s operational video at https://www.facebook.com/SequoiaNF/posts/1411560362379194

A Forest Closure Order remains in place for most of the Western Divide Ranger District (WDRD) and small portion of the Kern River Ranger District in the Sequoia National Forest. Just south of the closure area, the public can visit the Trail of 100 Giants, along the Kern River south of Johnsondale Bridge, and a portion of the Sherman Pass Road between Mtn. Road 99 and Cherry Hill Road (22S12). The WDRD remains closed along the Forest boundary to the west. Also closed to the north is the Forest area that surrounds Balch Park and Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest, and the Golden Trout Wilderness. 

Forest Closure Order and map https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd825787.pdf

The Inyo National Forest has rescinded Forest Closure 05-04-51-20-17, This opens the Monache Meadows area. Please see closure order for continued restrictions and closures.

Southern California Edison (SCE) is working to safely restore power as quickly as possible. Over 300 customers remain without power today. SCE has restored power to most of the Camp Nelson area and installed a generator to provide power to the Ponderosa area.

Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village and Cedar Slope will continue to be out for several weeks, given the extensive damage to SCE facilities there. SCE estimates that they will need to replace more than 500 poles and more

than 22 miles of wires across the entire Castle (SQF Complex) fire area. All of the new poles and wires will be     fire resistant.

If your home has been lost or damaged, SCE is there to help. To fill out SCE’s disaster support form or for the latest updates on power restoration in your area please visit https://www.sce.com/safety/assistance-center or call 1-800-250-7339. Please note that SCE does not collect reestablishment deposits from residential customers.

Closures:  A Forest Closure Order remains in place for most of the Western Divide Ranger District (WDRD) and small portion of the Kern River Ranger District in the Sequoia National Forest. Just south of the closure area, the public can visit the Trail of 100 Giants, along Kern River south of Johnsondale Bridge, and a portion of the Sherman Pass Road between Mtn. Road 99 and Cherry Hill Road (22S12). The WDRD remains closed along the Forest boundary to the west. Also closed to the north is the Forest area that surrounds Balch Park and Mountain Home State Demonstration Forest, and the Golden Trout Wilderness. 

Forest Closure Order and map https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd825787.pdf

Forest Service Regional Emergency Fire restrictions have been extended through October 22. Propane and gas stove use are permitted in developed recreation sites in National Forests in California. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas that have been improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites. No campfires, including camp stoves or charcoal barbecues are allowed.

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. 

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

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are open except for a portion of the wilderness in Sequoia National Park. For more information please visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/trailcond.htm

Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest is closed until further notice Please see attached news release from Cal Fire.  Balch Park is also closed https://tularecountyparks.org/parks-hours-fees/.

Evacuations: Information and resources for property owners in communities affected by the Castle Fire can be found online https://tularecounty.ca.gov/Recovers/  or on the Tulare County Recovers – SQF Complex Facebook page.

A Mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for South Fork Drive, west of Salt Creek Fire Control Road near Three Rivers.  The following communities and areas are under an evacuation warning and open to residents only: Camp Nelson, Pier Point, Cedar Slope, Alpine Village, Sequoia Crest, areas of Redwood Drive, Ponderosa, Mountain Aire, Rodgers Camp, Coy Flat, Doyle Springs, areas along Lloyd Meadow Road, 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, and South Fork Drive, east of Salt Creek Fire Control Road

As residents return to the opened areas, it is extremely important that they remain clear of all Forest closure areas. Activities, such as recreating, wood gathering, and hunting are not allowed within the closure area.

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.

For more information visit: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/returning-home/ 

The Tulare County Local Assistance Center (LAC) Hotline for affected citizens is 559-802-9790.  A satellite LAC is open in Camp Nelson on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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.

For information on SQF Complex BAER team activities https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7240/

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

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