The George Fire, located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, has grown to over 1000 acres after it spotted across the Lloyd Meadow Road yesterday and burned up the hill towards Castle Rock. Afternoon winds have caused the fire to burn over control lines towards the east. The Fire is burning away from the George Bush Tree and the Freeman Creek Grove.
To ensure safety of visitors, fire officials closed the Lloyd Meadow Road (FS22S82), including both Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern Trailheads. Efforts continue in reaching backcountry travelers still in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Travelers along the Lloyd Meadow Road and at the trailheads were evacuated.
An additional closure has been put in place for the Freeman Creek Trail from its entry along the North Road (FS 21S50) down to the Lloyd Meadow Road. Both the Freeman Creek Trail and the Lloyd Meadow Road will remain closed until fire officials determine they are safe for travel.
The South Central Sierra Incident Management Team will take over management of the George Fire this evening. Over 250 fire personnel are on scene including hand crews, engines, water tenders, helicopters, air tankers, and overhead personnel with more resources arriving tonight and tomorrow.
Fire information will be available 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily by calling 559-539-2607 extension 212. Photos and maps of the fire can be read online at InciWeb.org. Additional fire information lines will be added over the next couple of days, numbers will be distributed once those lines are in place.