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Monday, August 19, 2013

CA-SQF- Shirley Complex CA-SQF-3229, Kern County, FRA 794 acres, 100% contained. [Final] #CaFire

Shirley FireCA-SQF-Shirley / CA-SQF-3229 Kern County, FRA  
350 residences, 25 Commercial properties, and 25 outbuildings/other threatened.

Voluntary evacuations in the Shirley Meadows have been lifted.

Update 8-22 1900: 794 acres, 100% contained. [Final] (Tenant Fire 411 acres, 100% contained. Shirley Fire 454 acres and 76% contained.) Due to more accurate mapping, total acreage has decreased. California Inter-Agency Incident Management Team #3 (Pincha-Tulley) has scheduled transition to a Type 3 team (Bingham) at 1200 hrs on August 23, 2013.
Hwy 178 remains closed into Kern River Valley until Cal-Trans is able to re-open the road.
Crews mopped up and completed direct line on Shirley Fire and Tenant Fire.
Update 8-22 0900: 895 acres, 78% contained.
Tenant Fire 441 acres, 80% contained. 
Shirley Fire 454 acres and 76% contained.)
Type 1 team (Pincha-Tulley) is in command.
Team has been providing IA resources to the Kern River Ranger District with a plan to transition IA response at 0800.
Fire is smoldering and creeping.
Crews mopped up and constructed dire line when able in Shirley Fire. Tenant Fire was in patrol status. Shirley fire is being supported logistically in Kernville and Tenant fire in Porterville.
Highway 178 remains closed into Kern River valley. Alder Creek Rd and Campground and Evans Flat Campground are closed.
Voluntary evacuations in Shirley Meadows area have been lifted.
Update 8-21 1900: 865 acres, 71% contained.  (Tenant Fire 441 acres, 72% contained. Shirley Fire 454 acres and 70% contained.) Road access is limited into both fires.  Terrain is steep and inaccessible. Hazard trees and mud slides from rains present even more difficult terrain. Hwy 178 remains closed into the Kern River Valley.  Alder Creek Road and campground and Evans Flat Campground are closed. Voluntary evacuations in the Shirley Meadows have been lifted.
Update 8-21 0700: 849 acres, 42% contained.  No projected movement is predicted.
Update 8-20 0700:  400 acres, 0% contained.
Update 8-19 1900: 400 acres, 0% contained
350 residences, 25 Commercial properties, and 25 outbuildings/other threatened.
Steep inaccessible terrain, thunderstorms, and lightning activity over the fire are hampering air support.  Multiple road closures are in effect.  The Alta Sierra Ski and resort areas are threatened, evacuations are in place.
Update 8-19 1100:  300 acres
Update 8-19 0600: 200 acres, 0% contained
Values at risk, Jameson Ranch and Shirley Meadows Ski Resort
Active fire behavior with spotting
Update 8-18 2000: 150-200 acres,  As of late last night, Kern County had 3 engines, two dozers and a crew on this. I believe SQF had two engines and a Black Eagle crew (Blue Card) from Porterville. Kern is now dispatching a Type 3 STEN.


Location: Southwest aspect of Shirley Peak. Forest Route 26S07. Kern County, FRA
8 miles west of Kernville, CA
GPS: N35 41.773, W-118 35.783
Reported Date/time: *
IA: Train Fire spread to vegetation 100-200 acres
ROS: Single tree torching and slow rate of spread 
ROC: Strong winds pushing fire. Very heavy timber 
Structure Threats: Yes, numerous cabins
Concerns: *
Resources:  Kern County had 3 engines, two dozers, crew and a Type 3 STEN.
Cooperating Agencies: *
Weather Info: *
Special Conditions: *
Other Comments: *
Radio Frequencies: *
Maps: *
Agency Website: *
Online Scanner: *
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