Sequoia Complex Public Information Meeting
The Sequoia Complex incident command teams will host a public information meeting on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast via Facebook Live and will also be available for viewing at later times. Questions may be emailed in advance to email@example.com. The unrelenting
Viewers do not need a Facebook account to view the meeting. The livestream will appear at the top of the Sequoia National Forest Facebook page a few minutes before 4 p.m.
California is a war zone as climate-change-fueled wildfires continue to rage throughout the state. Currently, there are 27 fires burning with 18,000 firefighters on the front lines. There have been 26 deaths statewide, including a firefighter who died Friday, Sept. 18, while assigned to the El Dorado Fire. The El Dorado Fire was started by a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” used at a gender-reveal party during Labor Day weekend in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, according to Cal Fire investigators. The unrelenting
SQF Complex (consists of Castle Fire and the smaller Shotgun Fire)
Location: 10 miles east of the town center of Three Rivers (Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia and Inyo national forests; Tulare County); consists of the Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire.
Start Date: August 19, 2020 The unrelenting
Acreage: 133,488 (it has doubled in size in 10 days);
UPDATE ON ACREAGE at 7 am, Sept. 20: 135,802 (a growth of 2,400 acres in 12 hours)
The Castle Fire is 134,970 acres; the Shotgun Fire is 832 acres
Containment of Castle Fire: 14% (an additional 2% containment in 10 days)
Expected Full Containment: End of October 2020 or when the rains come
Structures Threatened: 3,183
Structures Destroyed: 150
Personnel: 1,481 (28 hand crews, 38 water tenders, 9 helicopters, 99 engines, 29 dozers).
Mandatory Evacuations: The unrelenting
THREE RIVERS— Cherokee Oaks subdivision in Three Rivers, South Fork Drive beyond the four-way stop in Three Rivers, Mineral King area cabin communities;
TULE RIVER CANYON— Camp Nelson, Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village, Redwood Drive, Ponderosa, Cedar Slope, Pyles Boys Camp, Coy Flat, Mountain Aire, Pier Point.
THREE RIVERS— The town of Three Rivers not included in the mandatory evacuation;
TULE RIVER CANYON— Springville between Globe Drive and Balch Park Road.
Three Rivers Area Closures: Cherokee Oaks Drive and connecting roads in the subdivision, South Fork Drive at Blossom Drive, Generals Highway from Sequoia entrance station to The Wye, Kings Canyon Highway from Big Stump entrance station, Mineral King Road at Oak Grove Bridge. Several businesses have closed temporarily due to heavy smoke conditions and evacuation preparations. Three Rivers School will be back in session beginning Monday, Sept. 21, after cancelling (distance-learning) classes last week. The unrelenting
Weather: The forecast is for warming temperatures as the week progresses. Humidity levels, which were excellent on Saturday, Sept. 19, will begin to lower again, which dries out the vegetation and makes it more volatile. On Sunday, Sept. 20, winds are expected to be northeasterly in the morning, becoming south to southwesterly in the afternoon at 5 to 15 mph.
—Air quality in the Kaweah canyon was clearer than it had been in the past 14 days. A shift in winds assisted with the lessening of smoke, although air quality remained in the Hazardous range and ash continued to fall for part of the day.FI
—A 2,500-acre burn was ignited in Grouse Valley (along the fire control road located 6 miles up South Fork Drive). This burn is intended to create a buffer between the Castle Fire and homes in the upper South Fork canyon. The fire should reduce in intensity upon reaching the grasslands and encountering the reduced fuel from the back-burn and the dozer work ongoing in the area.
—The Sequoia Complex is under the unified interagency command of the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1, CAL FIRE, and National Park Service.The unrelenting
—CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 is in command of the west zone of the fire. This is from the team’s report as of 7 pm, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020…
“The western flank continues to be the top priority [toward Blue Ridge] and is still exhibiting active fire behavior. Fire activity continues to be moderated by the dense smoke and inversion layer, producing understory burning effects. When the inversion lifts, dangerous rates of spread are being observed through dense old growth brush that is over 10 ft. tall. Mid-range spotting is developing from dead standing beetle kill and the abundance of fuels on the forest floor. Rollout on steep slopes is promoting slow fire advance. Dead-standing beetle-kill timber is creating single and group tree torching. The heavy dead and down fuels on the steep slopes aids in fire spread into the inaccessible drainages and terrain. Firing operations in the northwest along the Upper Grouse Valley were going well with few spotting or control issues. Fire continues to back down Dennison Mountain to the northeast.”
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