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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.

SQF Complex Update for Oct. 17, 2020

SQF Complex Wildfire
News – 10/17/2020

Incident Information:

Start / Report Date: 8/19/20 

Cause: Lightning

  Resources:

Hand Crews: 18

Dozers: 6


Size: 168,095 acres        

Location: 25 miles N of Kernville, CA

Helicopters: 13

  Water Tenders: 17                           


Containment: 72 % 

Injuries: 17

Structures Destroyed: 228

Engines: 27

Total Personnel: 860


Current Situation:

The South Fork area is now open to residents. Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. Warnings are still in place for several areas, residents only. See www.facebook.com/Tulare-County-Recovers-SQF-Complex-Fire-118633719998389/ for more information.

Tulare County has been officially added to the Federal Major Disaster Declaration for Wildfires in California, providing individual assistance programs and resources to those impacted by the SQF Complex Fire. For more information - https://tularecounty.ca.gov/county/

Today’s Operations video can be found at https://www.facebook.com/SequoiaNF/

Crews continue to work in the Cahoon and Hockett areas.  A total of 150 miles of dozer work and 19 miles of handline remain to be completed.  Crews are continuing this work.  Air operations dropped 38,000 gallons of retardant yesterday.  Spot fires may continue today on west-facing slopes.

Weather:  Today will be warmer with less humidity and light wind in the afternoon. A cooling trend starts tomorrow and continues for the next six or seven days. There is no rain in the forecast. Increased fire behavior and a chance of spot fires are likely today. 

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is in place on the Castle fire.  For information on SQF Complex BAER team activities https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7240/ 

Four Hotshot crews are working in the Hockett and Cahoon Meadows 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. 

Giant Sequoia National Monument is located in the Sequoia National Forest.  This monument was established in April 2000 and encompasses 328,315 acres, the Giant Sequoia National Monument is home to 33 groves or grove complexes of giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) - the world's largest tree.

CLOSURES AND EVACUATIONS:

The Sequoia National Forest - www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd825787.pdf

Forest Service Regional Emergency Fire restrictions -www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd827759.pdf

Inyo National Forest closures - www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd796836.pdf

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Office has issued a temporary emergency closure.  www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-temporarily-closes-case-mountain-recreation-area#:~:text=BAKERSFIELD%2C%20Calif.,Complex%20Fire%20(SQF%20Complex).

Southern California Edison (SCE) is working to safely and quickly restore power. Call 1 800 250-7339 or Check www.sce.com/safety/assistance-center.

Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest - https://www.fire.ca.gov/programs/resource-management/resource-protection-improvement/demonstration-state-forests/mountain-home/

Evacuations:

Tulare County Castle fire impacted property owner information can be found at tularecounty.ca.gov/Recovers/  or on the Tulare County Recovers – SQF Complex Facebook page.

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.

Evacuation information can be found at www.facebook.com/TulareSheriff/photos/pcb.4467454503325547/4467453416658989/

Be prepared after a wildfire  For more information visit: www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/returning-home/ 

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Southern California Edison, Tulare County Fire, Tulare County Sheriff, Tulare County OES, Tulare County Roads, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps, California Office of Emergency Services, AT&T, Verizon, California Department of Transportation, California Air National Guard, and California National Guard. CONAFOR, Mexico.

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

Safety Message: Prepare for the possibility of fire in advance, visit www.ready.gov/wildfires.

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