Thursday, June 19, 2008

Clover Fire - Wildland Use Fire - 1,917acres - Trigger points

Clover Fire - Wildland Use Fire - 1,917acres - Trigger points reached
Wednesday afternoon moderate northwest winds pushed the fire against pre-defined management action points, these winds expanded the fire by more than 200 acres.
Additional resources ordered.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Phone: (760) 376-3781 ext. 699

Afternoon Winds Trigger Clover Fire Management Actions

KERNVILLE, CA: On Wednesday afternoon moderate northwest winds pushed the fire against pre-defined management action points (trigger points). This caused fire managers to implement additional management actions to contain the southwest corner of the fire.

"We use pre-defined management action points to focus resources where they are needed, to check the spread of the fire," said Sid Beckman, Incident Commander. "Identifying sensitive areas and protecting adjacent resources are key elements of a wild land fire use strategy,"

"Additional crews will be ordered as needed and helicopters will drop water to slow the southward progress of the fire," said Gary Humphrey, Operations Section Chief. Providing for public and firefighter safety is our number one priority.

On Wednesday afternoon, winds expanded the fire by more than 200 acres. The size of the Clover Fire is 1,917 acres as of Wednesday night. A total of 89 personnel and two helicopters are assigned to the Clover Wildland Fire Use Fire. An additional 20-person fire crew has been ordered to assist with suppression actions on the southwest corner of the fire.

Update: 6/19 0800hrs - Clover (CA-SQF-0967) burned approximately 129 acres yesterday for a total of 1,917 acres. Low to moderate fire intensity was observed with isolated single tree torching and limited short-range spotting. Assigned resources continue monitoring fire behavior, spread, smoke and checking any fire spread that is in a southerly or easterly direction. Presenting Stage III WFIP to Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.
Update: 6/16 1800hrs - Clover (CA-SQF-0967) burned approximately 73 acres today for a total of 1,670 acres. The firefighters finished construction of a handline to check any southerly fire spread. They are Improving Jackass Trail for pack train access.
Update: 6/16 0800hrs -CA-SQF-Clover, This lightning caused fire has burned 1,597 acres. The Pacific Crest Trail is open, and firefighters are still assisting hikers through the fire area. This FUMT managed fire has low to moderate fire intensity with isolated tree torching and limited short range spotting..

June 17, 2008 Clover Fire perimeter and Fire History
Credit: US Forest Service

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Summary

Date: June 19, 2008 Contact: Fire Information

Kern River Ranger District

Visit the Interagency "Real Time Smoke Monitoring" website to see current smoke conditions and local trends. Visit http://www.inciweb.org/ website for up to date fire information. Go to web-cams site, which is located on Bald Mountain for live coverage and visit our alternate website Clover Google Map Link for additional updated maps.

For further information, contact Clover Fire Information at (760) 376-3781, extension 699.

Name: Clover Fire
County: Tulare County
Location: Approximately 8 miles North of Kennedy Meadows on the South Sierra Wilderness Area in Tulare County .
Fuels:
Sparse pine and mixed conifer with a moderate rate of spread with isolated torching.
Administrative Unit:
Date Started:
Last update:

Current Situation
Total Personnel 89
Size 1,917 acres
Fuels Involved:
Fire is burning in Jeffrey pine and Pinyon pine needle litter mountain mahogany, sage, manzanita and rabbit brush.
Fire Behavior:
Low fire intensity along easterly, northerly, and northwesterly flanks. Moderate intensity spread southwest flank with group tree torching and some short range spotting.
Significant Events:
Containing fire spread in the southwest flank with handline and water drops. Presented Stage III WFIP to Inyo and Sequoia National Forest. Finished construction of handline to check the southerly fire spread. Fire is near the check line constructed finished last evening. Continue to improve Jackass Trail for packtrain access to support crews. Fire behavior assessment team is on the fire to install fire monitoring equipment and establish plots to study fire behavior.
Outlook
Planned Actions:
Continue monitoring fire behavior, spread, and smoke. Containing all fire spread along eastern and southern flanks. Implement Stage III WFIP.
Projected Movement

Forcasted weather Wednesday:
wind speed 7-19 temp.50- 78
wind direction NW-W RH 10-30
Growth Potential: Medium
Terrain Difficulty: High mountain rocky terrain.
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