Wildfire Update: Growth, but with containment jump!

Here is your latest update for the Alder, Mountaineer, and Moses Fires. The Alder Fire has grown quite a bit since the last update here on GTW, but so has its containment. Now 1400 acres, it is almost 50% contained! Plus another fire start?? Read below for more details courtesy of inciweb.

ALDER FIRE

Location: 5 miles north of Camp Nelson by North Alder Creek

Acres Burned: Approximately 1,400 acres

Fire Discovered: October 4

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 45% contained

Resources: 197 total personnel4 hand crews, 13 engines, 2 helicopters, 1 Dozer, 1 excavator,

1 water tender, 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 NorthAlder Creek in dense 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.

Characteristic: There was no change in fire behavior yesterday. The fire is contained to the south by North Alder Creek. Containment has nearly been achieved to the southwest at the Middle Fork of the Tule RiverThe northwest flank of the fire has backed down into the Burro Creek drainage, and rock outcrops have slowed the progression northward. The fire is still confined to the ground, consuming large amounts of dead wood and bug and drought killed trees which are reducing large amounts of fuel in its footprint.

Aerial firing operations were conducted yesterday to increase containment along the northwestern and northern edge of the fire. Aerial firing operations are planned again today to improve containment along the northern edge of the fire. Fallers have finished the removal of dead, hazardous trees along Redwood Drive and crews will be finished with cleanup on the road today. Contingency line work in the Mountain Home State Forest has been completed and preparation of the fire lines for the winter will be completed today. Resources for the Alder Fire are prepared for initial attack to respond to any new fires that are discovered on the Western Divide Ranger District.

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

COY FIRE

Location: Camp Nelson at Coy Flat, Sequoia National Forest, Western Divide Ranger District

Acres Burned: Approximately 0.20 acres

Fire Discovered: October 29

Cause: Under investigation

Resources: None

Summary: A new fire, the Coy Fire was detected October 29. Four Engines and one crew from the Alder fire along with resources from Tulare County Fire Department responded. Crews quickly suppressed and contained it and the fire is declared out at this time. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

MOUNTAINEER FIRE

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

Acres Burned: Approximately 99 acres

Fire Discovered: October 13

Cause: Lightning

Resources: None

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. Characteristic: The fire exhibited moderate fire behavior yesterday, slowly backing downhill. There continues to be moderate growth to the west and north as it backs downslope toward Jacobson CreekCrews have reopened and improved trails and previous fire lines to the south of the fire, preparing to use them if needed. Reconnaissance of the fire from the air will be continued to monitor fire activity. Closures: An area closure for the area around the Alder Fire and Mountaineer Fire on the Western Divide Ranger District went into effect October 20.

MOSES FIRE

LocationOne 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 October 17, the Moses Fire was discovered. It is located 1 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 ForestCharacteristic: The fire exhibited minimal fire behavior yesterdayReconnaissance of the fire from the air will be continued to monitor fire activity.
WEATHER OUTLOOKA dry northerly flow will persist over the fire through the weekend with a warming trend beginning Thursday. Temperatures will remain above normal through the weekend with dry weather prevailing well into next week as high pressure centered off the California coast remains in control. Winds will mainly be light and terrain driven over the fire through the weekend.

SMOKE OUTLOOK

Smoke will impact some communities north and south of the fire with moderate air quality today as the smoke

from yesterday disperses. 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 ControlDistrict’s website http://www.valleyair.org/aqinfo/wildfires.htm.

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

Webwww.fs.usda.gov/sequoiaFacebook:@SequoiaNF Twitter: @sequoiaforest OnCell App: Sequoia National Forest

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