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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 19, 2021

Windy Fire Wildfire
News – 10/19/2021

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

Containment: 91
Helicopters: 3
Engines: 11
Crews: 4
Dozers: 5
Total Personnel: 334

CURRENT CONDITIONS: A section of perimeter line on the east side of the fire was verified contained yesterday, increasing the overall containment to 91 percent. Monday’s rain made a few areas too wet for vehicle and equipment access to allow repair work to continue. Rain helped keep fire activity at a minimum. With a warming and drying trend starting today, roads and soils are expected to dry out quickly which will allow full resumption of  work. There are six excavators in use to assist in repair work on the fire, with more on order. Excavators are a critical tool used for repair work where soil and vegetation were moved and need to be relocated.

This evening, Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 (GBIMT6) will be transitioning command of the fire to a local Type 3 organization. Unified command will be under the Tule River Indian Reservation and Sequoia National Forest. In preparation for this transition, GBIMT6 released some resources while keeping enough personnel to continue firefighting efforts and complete fire suppression repair work. A few team members will stay to help provide a smooth transition between the teams. More personnel and equipment will be ordered or released as the needs of the fire change.

Incident Commander Jeremy Kiesling and the rest of GBIMT6 thank the local communities for their support during the Windy Fire. This will be the last daily update distributed by email for the Windy Fire. Current information will continue to be posted on the Windy Fire Inciweb site at:

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:  


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