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Monday, June 4, 2012

CA-SQF George fire - 1,800 acres, 65% contained. %


George fire CA-SQF-001384 Wildland Fire, Tulare County
Location: Freeman Creek Giant Sequoia Grove, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest
Acres Burned: 1,698
Structures Threatened: 1
Containment: 25%
Structures Destroyed: 0
Fire Started: June 1, 2012
Injuries: 0
Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 500
Summary
The Central Sierra IMT (IC Cooper) assumed command. Firefighters will continue to actively work on line construction and suppression tactics today. Firefighters are going to try and take advantage of the cooler weather this morning and continue to make progress with fire line construction. An area of major concern for firefighters today is the predicted weather. A weather system is predicted to move into the area that may produce high winds in the fire area. As the weather system moves in this afternoon, fire activity may increase, which increases the danger to firefighter safety.
Evacuations None
Closures Lloyd Meadow Road (FS22S82)
Freeman Creek Trail (32E20)
Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern Trailheads

Closures: To ensure safety of visitors, fire officials closed the Freeman Creek Trail, Lloyd Meadow Road (FS22S82), including both Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern Trailheads. Efforts continue in reaching backcountry travelers still in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Travelers along the Lloyd Meadow Road and at the trailheads were evacuated. Both the Freeman Creek Trail and the Lloyd Meadow Road will remain closed until fire officials determine they are safe for travel.
George Fire Perimeter Map
Updates:
06/07 - 1900 George Fire CA-SQF-1384 National Monument, Sequoia National Forest
Central Sierra Type 2 IMT (Cooper) remains in command.
Fire burned 1,800 acres and is 65% Contained.Crews made good progress in line construction today.
06/07 - 0800 George Fire CA-SQF-1384 National Monument, Sequoia National Forest
Central Sierra Type 2 IMT (Cooper) remains in command.
Burned: 1,800, Containment: 55%
Fire crews who spend the night on the fire line observed little fire activity. Today the fire suppression activity will be focused on completing fire line in the steep and rugged terrain on the northeast and southeast parts of the fire. Air support operations will continue to help crews in line construction Ground resources and crews continue fire line suppression repair on parts of the fire where the fire line has been completed. Helicopters continue to support the fire crews on the ground with water drops and logistical support on the fire line. Demob is expected to increase at a steady pace today as some portions of fire go into patrol status06/06 - 0800 George Fire, CA-SQF-001384 Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Fire remains at 1,800 acres, 55% contained. Central Sierra Type 2 IMT (Cooper) remains in command.
06/05 -1800
George Fire, CA-SQF-001384 Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Fire remains at 1,800 acres, 45% contained. Central Sierra Type 2 IMT (Cooper) remains in command. Four IHC’s were inserted to the tough piece of ground going direct keeping it from getting further into the Little Kern River A tentative demob of resources is expected to begin within the next 24 hours.
06/04-1900
George Fire, CA-SQF-001384 Giant Sequoia National Monument. 1,698 acres, 35% contained. Type 2 IMT (Cooper) assigned. Some active fire today mostly wind driven,
otherwise low fire behavior.
The George Fire has grown to nearly 1700 acres after it spotted across the Lloyd Meadow Road yesterday and burned up the hill over Castle Rock.
The South Central Sierra Incident Management Team took over management of the George Fire last night. Over 700 fire personnel are on scene including hand crews, engines, water tenders, helicopters, air tankers, and overhead personnel. Fire information will be available by calling 951-297-3490.
Most of the fire activity today was on the southeastern part of the fire, which is in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area. The fire acreage remains the same due to the aerial mapping helicopter being unable to fly with the low clouds.
Firefighters took advantage of the cooler weather this morning and were able to make progress completing more fire line construction on the northern flank of the fire. An area of major concern today was the weather system that was predicted to move into the area and produce high winds in the fire area. The winds did not develop as predicted and firefighters took advantage of that by continuing with fire suppression activities.
06/03-1900
Fire has burned 800 acres of mixed conifer and brush and is 25% percent contained
The Central Sierra IMT (IC Cooper) assumed command.
Traffic control continues on the Lloyd meadow road.
Due to poor visibility air support was grounded until 11:00hrs.
The threat remains to natural, historic landmarks and 1 commercial building.
The fire is reported to be burning away from the George Bush Tree and the Freeman Creek Grove.
06/03-1300
Fire has burned approximately 522 acres and is 35 % percent contained.


George Fire Confidential Hotline Number

The cause of the George Fire is currently under investigation by Forest Service Law Enforcement investigations. If you, or someone you know, have information regarding the George Fire please contact the Forest Service hot line number at: (559) 294-4894. All caller information will be kept confidential.

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