Wildfire Update: All three fires grow

The Alder Fire is now up to approximately 1,300 acres, Mountaineer is approximately 80, and Moses is grown slightly to 0.3 acres. Trails are still closed at this time. The exact details are below.

Current Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6238/


Location: Five miles north of Camp Nelson by North Alder Creek

Acres Burned: Approximately 1,310 acres

Fire Discovered: October 4

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 3% contained

Resources: 304 total personnel10 hand crews, 13 engines, 2, dozers, 2 helicopters, 1 excavator,

1 water tender, 6 fallers, and 3 patrols

Summary: The Alder Fire is located on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The fire is burning north of North Alder Creek, in a dense stand of timber with extensive tree mortality which has produced many snags and heavy fuels on the ground. The extensive number of dead trees creates a serious safety concern for firefighters. Given these conditions, a confine and contain suppression strategy is being used to manage the fire. The fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Angel Prieto.

Characteristic: Aerial infrared reconnaissance was completed again last night. The fire continues to exhibit moderate, backing fire behavior. North Alder Creek is preventing the fires southward progression. To the west, the fire has backed down into the Middle Fork of the Tule River drainage and to the northwest, it has backed down into the Burro Creek drainage. Rock outcrops have slowed the northward movement of the fire. The fire is primarily confined to the ground, consuming large amounts of dead wood, bug and drought killed trees, substantially reducing fuel levels in its footprint.

Snags have been removed along Fox Farm Road preparing to use it as a fire line as needed. Fox Farm Road also provides an alternate escape route for the Sequoia Crest Community. Fallers are now focused on cutting dead hazardous trees along Redwood Drive. Fireline improvement and prepping has been completed around the Doyle Springs community. Crews are continuing to complete fire line prep work in Sequoia Crest. To the west of the fire, two dozers are working to open dozer lines constructed during the Pier Fire. Crews will be working behind the heavy equipment to prep lines. The fire management team is working in close coordination with Cal Fire to implement containment lines that complement the work Cal Fire has been completing around Mountain Home State Forest to improve forest health. Taking advantage of these optimal firing conditions, fire management initiated aerial ignition work as planned. Firing operations were successful at igniting moderate intensity fire in the Southwest corner of the fire along the Middle Fork of the Tule River and up the drainage to the north further improving containment. Optimal weather conditions for firing operations are anticipated to continue into Tuesday and aerial ignition work is planned again Monday afternoon.

ClosuresAn area closure for the area around the Alder Fire and the Mountaineer fire on the Western Divide Ranger District went into effect on October 20.


Location: About ½ mile north of Summit Trailhead, in the Golden Trout Wilderness.

Acres Burned: Approximately 80 acres

Fire Discovered: October 13

Cause: Lightning

Resources: patrol: 2 total personnel

Summary: The Mountaineer Fire is burning about a ½ mile north of the Summit Trailhead, on the north side of South Mountaineer Creek, in the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. The Mountaineer Fire is about 1.5 miles east of the Alder Fire. Aerial reconnaissance flights continue to monitor the fire daily. The fire is in a remote area dangerous to access on foot due to a large number of dead standing trees. A confine and contain suppression strategy is being used to suppress this fire as well. The fire burned actively again yesterday and continues to exhibit moderate fire behavior, backing downhill. There was moderate growth of the fire which was mostly to the northwest, north and west as it backs downslope toward Jacobsen Creek. Characteristic: Firefighters have finished reopening and improving trails and previous fire lines to the south and east of the fire, preparing to use them for containment if needed. Closures: An area closure for the area around the Alder Fire and Mountaineer Fire on the Western Divide Ranger District went into effect on October 20.


Location: One mile south of Moses Mountain

Acres Burned: 0.3 acres

Fire Discovered: October 17

Cause: Lightning

Summary:During a reconnaissance flight for the Alder Fire on October 17, the Moses Fire was discovered. It is located one mile south of Moses Mountain, west of the Upper Tule Grove, at the head of Pine Creek on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. Smoke may be visible from Balch Park Road. Characteristic: The Moses Fire has minimal fire behavior. It is burning in a patch of timber near a rocky area which provides natural containment. Aerial reconnaissance flights will continue to monitor the fire. An infrared flight flown last evening. WEATHER OUTLOOK

Temperatures will lower to around average through Tuesday due to a weak, dry cold frontal passage. Temperatures will warm back up by Wednesday as high pressure returns to the region. Winds will be primarily terrain driven, except for occasional gusts over nearby ridges.


Smoke from the Alder fire continued to disperse through the day Sunday and will continue to do so throughout Monday. Smoke will persist throughout the area partially due to other fires in the region whose smoke has been traveling south toward Kernville in particular. Information about air quality and what you can do to reduce the effects of smoke can be found at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s website http://sms.valleyair.org/.

U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument
Voice: 559-784-1500 Web

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