SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST – The George Fire burned more than 1700 acres since it began on June 1, 2012 near the George Bush Tree in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. As many as 1,000 firefighters and support staff worked to halt the fires spread, hampered by gusty winds and steep terrain. No sequoia trees were damaged in the Fire.
Approximately 15% of open fire line remains in very steep and rough terrain on the east side of the fire in the Little Kern River drainage. Hotshot crews have been flown into the fires edge on helicopters where they are working to fully contain the Fire. Crews will use natural barriers when necessary to completely secure line around the George Fire.
The Lloyd Meadow Road will remain closed north of Lower Peppermint Campground until crews assess and repair large sections of the road that were heavily damaged by fire equipment. The Golden Trout Wilderness can be accessed through the Lewis Camp, Clicks Creek, or Summit Trailheads.
Lightning has been ruled out as the cause of the George Fire. If you have information regarding the possible cause of the George Fire, please call the Forest Service hot line number (559) 294-4894. Your information will be kept confidential.
Fire information updates will be distributed less frequently as things wind down and crews are sent home from the George Fire. Today there are 158 personnel assigned, and that number will continue to decrease as we manage the fire. If you would like additional information please call 559-539-2607 ext. 212 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.