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Windy Fire

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

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Windy Fire Update, October 18, 2021

Windy Fire Wildfire
News – 10/18/2021

Start Date: 9/9/21
Cause: Lightning
Size: 97,554 acres

Containment: 88
Helicopters: 3
Engines: 12
Crews: 4
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 369

CURRENT CONDITIONS: A cold front moved through the area early this morning, bringing cold temperatures and light to moderate precipitation. The Remote Automatic Weather Systems (RAWS) near the Windy Fire recorded up to 0.26” of rain on the west side of the fire, but only 0.01” on the east side. Low clouds are expected to linger over the west side of the fire until early afternoon, which will limit helicopter operations. Gusty winds may develop in some areas today, but higher humidity should make the fine fuels (grasses and brush) less likely to burn. This reduces the likelihood of the fire becoming more active. A drying and warming trend is expected starting tomorrow with variable winds through midweek.

Firefighters continue mopping up hot spots near the fire perimeter. There may be occasional smoke as interior pockets of fuel burn out. Also, fire suppression repair work is ongoing on both indirect dozer lines and any lines inside the fire perimeter. The construction of water bars will help with proper drainage and reduce potential for damage to water quality downslope. Dozer line rehabilitation and chipping activities continue. Crews are also working at moving soil back over bulldozer fuelbreaks and other fireline repairs. Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up within the fire’s interior. They are removing surplus equipment from the fire area. Expect to encounter fire engines, water trucks, and utility vehicles on the roads, residents are advised to be cautious.

SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST CLOSURES REMAIN: The Windy Fire Area, Trails, and Roads Closure established by the Sequoia National Forest, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Western Divide Ranger District remains in effect. Only authorized Forest and fire personnel are allowed inside the closed areas. Roadblocks remain at Western Divide Highway (M107) near Ponderosa, M99 at Lloyd Meadow Road, and Parker Pass (M50) at Parker Meadow above California Hot Springs. Details are available online at the following sites: 

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