Below is a report that is from Sequoia National Forest’s Facebook page regarding the wildfires on the Forest. A user on our Facebook page also pointed out the new update on the Hidden Fire. Containment is now at 90%. More info can be read below.
The Hidden Fire, burning along the east side of Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, and inside the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest was more accurately mapped at 2,768 acres.
Fire activity and smoke production has been very low since rain arrived over the fire area November 20th. A reconnaissance flight found little to no heat along the fire perimeter, the fire is currently 90% contained.
Based on current conditions, fire managers decided to discontinue plans to conduct additional firing operations in the Burro Creek drainage. Crews will finish securing the fires western edge today, and the fire will be placed into patrol status.
Smoke production is expected to continue for several days as interior fuels burn down. Moderate smoke impacts are possible during night time and early morning hours in communities within the Tule and Kaweah River drainages.
The Forest Service and CAL FIRE continue working together to fully confine and contain the Hidden Fire to a designated area across both jurisdictions while ensuring firefighter and public safety.
The Meadow Fire, located east of the Trail of 100 Giants in the Western Divide Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest is being managed to achieve resource benefits. The fire is 95% contained at 4,347 acres.
Interior smoke production is likely to continue until significant precipitation arrives. Smoke impacts in the Kern River drainage may continue during the night time and early morning hours. Places closer to the fire, such as Johnsondale, could see the highest impact (moderate to unhealthy)
The Meadow Fire consumed woody materials on the ground, opened up areas for regeneration while returning nutrients to the soil in the form of ash. Fire managers worked within a defined planning area utilizing the existing trails and roads.
Crews also used rock outcroppings, open areas of sparse fuels, and water to limit fire spread. Crews added fire to the ground to strengthen holding lines and direct the fire to where it would do the most benefit.