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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Clover Fire-Use Fire - 1,164 acres - 0%

Clover Fire - CA-SQF-Clover - Wildland Fire-use - 1,164 acres - 0%

Clover Fire-Use Fire perimeter map
Credit: CFN-Geomac

Clover Fire-Use Fire Update

Summary -

KERNVILLE, CA....The Clover fire-use fire burning in the South Sierra Wilderness grew yesterday afternoon by approximately 350 acres, bringing the total to 1,164 acres. The growth was due partly to a drop in the humidity and an increase in winds. The fire is still active along a portion of the popular Pacific Crest Trail.

The fire is continuing to burn in a northerly direction with some shifting of wind direction in the past 24 hours. Hazy smoke, moving easterly can be seen from Kennedy Meadows, Ridgecrest and throughout the Kern River Valley communities.

A total of 105 fire personnel are assigned, including one helicopter and two hand crews. Firefighters are continuing to assist hikers approximately 2 miles, through the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the fire area during daylight hours. Hikers are reminded not to attempt to hike in the area after dark.

A smoke monitoring module is set up at the South Fork of the Kern River near Kennedy Meadows. This module is used in smoke sensitive areas during wild land fires to track particulates and their potential impacts to human health. The 24 hour readings at Kennedy Meadows are in the moderate range.

Fire personnel continue to monitor the fires' progression, fire effects and behavior, and smoke dispersal.

Basic Information
Incident Type: Wildland Fire-use
Start: 05/31/2008/1455
Location: Fire near Monache Meadows on the SQF, 8 miles north of Kennedy Meadows - On and near Pacific Crest Trail Google Map Feed - Link
GPS: Latitude: 36,07.16 - Longitude: 118,08.02
Cause: Originally thought to be human caused now determined to be lightning caused. Clover Fire has now transitioned to a Fire-Use Fire
Incident Command: Sid Beckman
Current Situation: Total Personnel: 105
Size: 1,164 acres
Fuels Involved: Jeffrey pine and Pinyon pine needle litter mountain mahogany, sage, manzanita and rabbit brush.
Fire Behavior: Moderate fire behavior with individual and group tree torching and 25 mph winds
Significant Events: The Pacific Crest Trail will remain OPEN with a "warning sign" posted for public safety. Hikers in the fire area will be assisted during daylight hours only, through the fire area - covering approximately 2 miles. It is highly discouraged to hike in the area after dark.
Planned Actions: Transfer of command from the District to the CA Fire Use Management Team. Continue to hold the fire from spreading south towards Kennedy Meadows. Smoke monitoring module in place at Southfork of the Kern River at Kennedy Meadows.
Projected Movement: Continue holding actions on south and east sides.
Growth Potential: Moderate - up to 300 acres per day for the next 3 days under wildland fire use for resource benefit.
Terrain Difficulty: High mountain rocky terrain.
Information: For further information, please contact Cindy Thill, Public Affairs Officer, Kern River Ranger District at (760) 376-3781.
Weather: Current Wind Conditions 10 mph W, Current Temperature 65 degrees, Current Humidity 25 %

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