SQF Complex Over 50,000 Acres!

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Source of information below from InciWeb.

SQF Complex Fire Update
Sequoia and Inyo National Forests
September 4, 2020 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1
Mike Goicoechea, Incident Commander
Incident Statistics Location: 25 miles N of Kernville, CA
Date of origin: August 19, 2020
Size: 52,017 acres 
Containment: 1% Cause: Lightning 
Injuries: 6
Cost: $8.2 million 

  • Hand Crews: 11    
  • Engines: 43
  • Water-tenders: 16         
  • Dozers: 8
  • Helicopters: 9                 
  • Personnel: 630

Fire Information: 559-697-5148, 8AM-8PM
Email: sqfcomplex2020@gmail.com
Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7048
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SequoiaNF
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TulareCountyFireDepartment
Twitter: @sequoiaforest

SQF Complex: The SQF Complex, encompassing the Castle and Shotgun fires, has burned 52,017 acres. Approximately 11,000 acres of the Castle Fire is located within the Inyo National Forest boundary, with the remainder on the Sequoia National Forest. The containment remains at 1%.

Castle Fire: The fire remains active with substantial heat and potential for growth amidst hot, dry conditions. Yesterday, the fire was pushed west by winds through the Grey Meadows and Burnt Corral Meadows area. Crews continue firing operations from containment lines to the active fire perimeter on the southwest flank. Dozers and hand crews are digging new containment line, as well as relocating and reopening lines from prior fires. Structure protection continues, particularly for nearby communities, including Camp Nelson and Ponderosa, on the southwest side. The Castle Fire grew by approximately 6,000 acres yesterday and is now at 51,610 acres. 

Shotgun Fire: Estimated at 407 acres, the fire is slowly burning in a rocky drainage, with continued aerial monitoring. 

Weather: The weather pattern is holding steady, with a high pressure system over the area bringing hot and dry conditions. Relative humidity continues to remain low, potentially dropping into the single digits, which can contribute to extreme fire conditions. They typical pattern of light drainage winds is expected early in the day, with the inversion forecast to lift around 10:00 am. Increasing southeast winds with gusts to 20 mph are expected in the afternoon. Highs will likely reach the mid-80s to lower 100s. An extreme heat warning will extend through the Labor Day weekend, with critical fire weather to persist in the area.

Evacuations and Closures: 

  • Tulare County Sheriff’s Evacuation Order(August 28, 2020) is active for: Cedar Slope, Ponderosa, and Pyles Camp. ·       
  • Roads are closed at Johnsondale Bridge and Sherman Pass, Hwy 190, and the County Transfer Station, as well as M107 and Mountain Road 50.        
  • Campgrounds closed: Dome Rock, Lower Peppermint, Upper Peppermint, & Quaking Aspen 
  • Sequoia National Forest issued Order No. 0513-20-31 SQF Complex Fire Area Road and Trails Closure. 

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