The Jacobsen Fire has reached 50% containment as of yesterday. Unofficially, with the storms coming this weekend, there could be even more containment. Stay turned! For now here is the latest update. Some of the highlights are as follows:
- Jacobsen Fire is at 1,702 acres
- Incident Management Team that was brought in to help with the fire is being released.
- Trails are still closed
- Storms may bring snow to the higher elevations
Springville, Ca. – October 28, 2016 – The lighting-caused Slate Fire has reached 1825 acres, with recent rain there should be limited growth. Interior pockets of unburned vegetation will continue to burn slowly, and then smolder until extinguished by rain and snow. This managed wildfire, located near Slate Mountain on the Western Divide Ranger District, met certain criteria that allowed firefighters to manage it for resource benefit. Managed fire is a valuable tool that helps promote forest health by returning the natural cycle of fire to the forest.
The Jacobson fire, now 1702 acres, continues to hold its position west of the Little Kern River, north of Mountaineer Creek, and east of the Summit Trail in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. Areas burned previously in the Cabin and Soda Fires, the arrival of wet weather, and past fire areas in the wilderness, will help to fully confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.
The storm system will continue to move across the incident today, bringing significant rain and gusty winds. Rainfalls totals are expected to be around one-quarter to one-half inch. Cool and unsettled weather will continue through the weekend with rain and high elevation snow possible.
The Central Coast Inter-Agency Management Team, who assisted the Forest with managing both fires, will be released from the incident today. Forest officials will monitor fire activity through the weekend, but large growth is not expected.
In the interest of public safety, Forest Officials have closed the areas in the immediate vicinity of both the Slate and Jacobson Fires. For area closure information, please refer to the Inciweb links below or contact the Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 during office hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Surrounding communities and forest visitors may experience periods of smoke, especially along Highway 190 near Ponderosa. Backpackers who plan to obtain a wilderness permit for an overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness should contact the Western Divide Ranger District for assistance. Soon, backcountry trailheads will be closed for the winter, and conditions make backcountry travel difficult.
Fire information, maps, air quality, and updates to Forest Closures can be found on Inciweb:
Slate Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5058/
Jacobson Fire: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5073/