Castle Fire is 35,312. Shotgun Fire is 362. Total personnel: 551. Containment is 0%.
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SQF COMPLEX FIRE
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
August 31, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.
California Interagency Incident Management Team 12 Michael Nobles, Incident Commander
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Castle Fire: The Castle Fire has burned 35,312 total acres and is continuing to burn on several active fronts with 0% containment. A full suppression strategy is being used to confine the fire utilizing hand crews, and bulldozers to construct a primary containment line assisted by aircraft along with existing roads and trail systems. Fire engines from multiple agencies including Tulare County Fire Department are being employed in the Ponderosa, Pyle’s Camp, Lloyd Meadows and Peppermint Ranch areas to assist with structure protection. The fire is burning on the Inyo National Forest near Soda Flats, toward Chinquapin Basin and along Kern Ridge.
Shotgun Fire: The Shotgun Fire, located where Pistol Creek and Shotgun Creek converge in the Golden Trout Wilderness, has now burned to 362 acres. The fire is burning in rough rocky terrain and grew approximately 2 acres backing toward the Little Kern River. At this time, the Shotgun Fire continues to be monitored by air resources.
There are currently 551 personnel on the SQF Complex, with additional resources still on order. The SQF Complex has burned 35,674 acres.
Evacuation Notice: The Evacuation Order placed August 28, 2020 by Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is still active for the following communities: Cedar Slope, Ponderosa, and Pyle’s Camp. The Evacuation Advisory is still in place for the following communities: Camp Nelson, Rodgers Camp, Coy Flat and Mountain Aire. The evacuation order and advisory evacuation affect 242 structures. A temporary evacuation point had been set up by the Red Cross at Porterville College Stadium Gate 2. Roads are closed at Johnsondale Bridge and Sherman Pass, Hwy 190, and the County Transfer Station, as well as M107 and Mountain Road 50.
Closures: The Sequoia National Forest has issued Order No. 0513-20-31 SQF Complex Fire Area Road and Trails Closure, for the protection of the public and firefighters suppressing the fire. The Inyo National Forest has issued Order No. 05-04-51-20-16 Inyo National Forest Castle Fire Trail and Area Closure, for the protection of the public and firefighters suppressing the fire. These closures are being enforced.
Priorities Include: Ponderosa, Cedar Slope, Forks of the Kern Trailhead; Jerkey Mountain Trailhead; Facilities and Trails within Trout Meadow; structures and facilities along the Lloyd Meadow Road; RM Pyle’s Boys Camp; grazing cattle west of north road; the Freeman Creek Grove and other sequoia tree groves; the President George H.W. Bush Tree; Camp Whitsett, featuring numerous Native American archeological values; Peppermint Fire Station; The Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog and Little Kern Golden Trout Critical Habitats; Pacific Fisher habitats.
Weather: Lighter winds are expected from the south southwest 5 to 10 mph and occasional gusts to 15 mph. These lighter winds will keep smoke trapped in the valley through most of the day. Unstable conditions and with relative humidity dropping into the teens the potential to increase fire activity exist.
Smoke Impact: Smoke and widespread air quality impacts from the California wildfires and SQF Complex remain a primary weather concern. Please note the following tips to protect yourself from unhealthy air quality. Stay inside during the worst air quality and try to plan your outside time for late afternoon until midnight when the air is normally cleaner. Also attaching a filter to a box fan is a low-cost portable solution; for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vJk5BM8xUo
Special notes: Fire managers will employ tactics that safely engage fire while prioritizing firefighter and public safety and protecting values at risk. Life safety will always remain the number one priority. COVID-19 mitigations are being taken to limit exposure risks to firefighters and the public, per CDC guidelines.
For More Information:
Fire Info Line: 559-697-5148 – Hours of Operation: 7a.m.-9p.m.