Wildfire Update: Shaeffer at 42% Containment

Incident: Schaeffer Fire Wildfire
Released: 11 hrs. ago

Acres Burned: 15,859 Structures Threatened: 13

Containment: 42% Injuries: 4 (minor)

Personnel: 1,141 Fuel Type: Brush, timber, heavy dead and down

Start Date: June 24, 2017

A Forest closure order for the fire area, including all roads and trails is in affect and will remain until the fire is declared out (Forest Order No. 0513-17-20). For details regarding this closure, please go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285 .

The Schaeffer Fire was active yesterday on its northern border in the Little Kern River and Kern River area. Similar conditions are expected today for that region of the fire and on the eastern flank, in the Beach Meadows region, which may result in smoke columns. Crews are working along the Kern River securing and holding the northern and eastern perimeters.

Firefighters are making excellent progress in constructing and holding hand line on all flanks of the fire. Air operations continued to make water drops throughout the day to check the spread of the fire Overall the heat from the fire is diminishing. Containment has increased to 42%.

In advance of potential firing operations public and firefighter safety, as well as protection of property are top priorities for the Incident Management Team. “Burning out” is a tactic used by firefighters to assist in controlling fires. Operations of this type are typically used during favorable weather to minimize fire severity. As such, crews wait for optimal conditions. Firefighters will constantly assess the firing operation. Smoke and fire may be visible.

Resources assigned to the Schaeffer Fire include of 37 crews, 29 engines, 5 dozers and 12 water tenders, and various overhead and support personnel for a total of 1,141 personnel.

Little change in the weather pattern is expected over the next few days. Thursday and Friday will see a slight warming and drying trend. Relative humidity is likely to drop back into the upper teens during this time.

As suppression efforts continue, smoke may impact surrounding communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. People with respiratory conditions, young children, and elderly people may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, seehttps://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm.

Information on the #SchaefferFire can be found by following on Facebook and Twitter or go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285. The Kern River Ranger District can also be reached at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Source: Schaeffer Fire InciWeb

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