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Saturday, August 1, 2015

CA-SQF- Cabin Fire Tulare County, Golden Trout Wilderness area, FRA

Cabin Fire: CA-SQF-002313, Tulare County, Golden Trout Wilderness area, FRA

Trails within the fire area have been closed by Forest Order.Wilderness Permits are being examined to confirm permittees have been contacted or evacuated.Fire is in a no retardant and no mechanical equipment zone. A 6-hour hike is required for ground resources to reach fire.

Updates as available: 


08/19/2015 0800: 6,840 Acres, 96% confined, heavy timber Sequoia Forest ICT3 (Villa/Salazar) in command.
  • Fire has not been controlled and will continue to burn north into available fuels
    in the footprint of the 2011 Lion Fire scare within the Golden Trout Wilderness.
08/15/2015 0800: 6,672 Acres, 96% confined, heavy timber
·        Sequoia Forest ICT3 (Villa/Salazar) is in command.
·        Patrol and hold confinement line.
08/11/2015 0800: 5,877 Acres, 96% confined, heavy timber
Transfer of command occurred at 1800 to the Sequoia Forest ICT3 (Villa/Salazar)
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) will shadow the incident.
08/10/2015 0800: 5,871 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident 
Tentative transfer of command on Monday 08/10/2015 at 1800 to the Sequoia Forest.
A Type 3 organization will shadow CIIMT1 on 08/10/2015
08/09/2015 0800: 5,871 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident 
Tentative transfer of command on Monday 08/10/2015 at 1800 to the Sequoia Forest. A Type 3 organization will shadow CIIMT1 on 08/10/2015
As of this report, confinement actions were 96% complete (This does not mean 96% containment).  Firefighters continue to use MIST tactics to confine the fire.

08/08/2015 0800: 5,364 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident
Continue Confinement along the southwestern portion of the fire and burn out areas that pose a threat to the line.
Resources numbers include three, 10 person Wildland Fire Modules rostered as Forest Service Overhead.

08/07/2015 0800: 4,877 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident
The northern portion of the fire will utilize the 2011 Lion Fire (7.1 miles) with no active ground suppression. The Western, Southern, and Eastern portion of the fire totals 11.6 miles, 10.6 miles have been confined, with one mile remaining to be confined. In addition, 7.6 miles of contingency lines have been completed.
Contingency planning with affected agencies is completed.
Resources numbers include three, 10 person Wildland Fire Modules rostered as Forest Service Overhead.

08/06/2015 1800: 4,713 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident 
A heavy helicopter is needed to support holding and burnout operations.


08/05/2015 0800: 4,294 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident 
Critical resource needs are a Type 3 helicopter for high elevation reconnaissance and tactical support.

08/04/2015 0800: 4,294 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident  A forest order is in effect closing a portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness. Firefighters completed indirect line preparation. Threat to Peck cabins, Critical Little Kern Golden Trout, Mountain Yellow Legged Frog, and Spotted Owl habitats. Acreage update due to IROPS IR interpretation last night.

08/03/2015 0810: 4,050 Acres, 0% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident
A forest order is in effect closing a portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness.
Firefighters completed indirect line preparation.
Threat to Peck cabins, Critical Little Kern Golden Trout, Mountain Yellow Legged Frog, and Spotted Owl habitats.


08/02/2015 0810: 2,619 Acres, 2% Contained, heavy timber
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) is in command of the incident
No significant increase in acreage.
If the weather is favorable, firefighters may begin strategic firing operation near Pecks to remove unburned fuels between the fire line and the main fire.       

08/01/2015 0810: 2,619 acres, 0% Rain allowed firefighters to begin line construction in an effort to get ahead of anticipated growth. Crews were able to use chainsaws along the Summit Trail to the west of the fire to improve the trail for use as primary containment lines.

Fire officials plan to stop the spread of the fire to the north by utilizing the area where the Lion Fire burned in 2011, along Pecks Canyon as a holding line. To the south, the area burned by the Soda Fire in 2014, should limit the fire spread along Mountaineer Creek.
Contingency planning is ongoing to address structure defense and resident evacuations if communities near the perimeter become threatened.
CIIMT-1 (McGowan) transitioned with IMT-3 (Villa) yesterday and assumed command of the fire today at 6 AM

The fire had minimal growth yesterday due to rain. The increase in acres is largely due to more accurate infrared mapping that occurred early this morning. Recent rains have reduced the amount of smoke.
07/31/2015 1810: 2,000 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber
No structure threats. CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) in briefed at 1000 hrs this morning and will assume command at 0600 August 1, 2015.
Fire is in a no retardant and no mechanical equipment zone.

07/31/2015 0800: 1,900 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber
No structure threats.
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) has been mobed with a tentative inbrief at 1000 today at Springville Ranger Station.
Fire is in a no retardant and no mechanical equipment zone.
A 6 hour hike is required for ground resources to reach fire.
Approximately 22 youth campers voluntarily evacuated from their out camp at Lion Meadows back to their main camp.

07/30/2015 1900: 800 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber
No structure threats.
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) has been mobed with a tentative inbrief at 1000 tomorrow at Springville Ranger Station.
Nine campers were evacuated by helicopter from Pecks Cabin, private property within wilderness area, back to Peppermint Helibase.
Reduction in acreage is due to improved visibility.

07/29/2015 1830: 180-200 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber

Location: Golden Trout Wilderness area, FRA
Start Time: 07/29/2015 1529
Wx: 90 degrees, 16%RH, wind SE 2mph, gusts to 15mph

Structure threats: No
Structures Destroyed: 0
Problems & Concerns: Fire is in a no retardant zone.
A 6 hour hike is required for ground resources to reach fire.

Injuries: 0
Estimated Containment Date: unknown
Total Personnel Assigned: 295
Cause: unknown

Current Situation:







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Sequoia National Forest Closure: Friday the Sequoia National Forest released a closure order for a portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness. To view the news release, closure order and map, please visit: sequoia national forest alerts-notices or click here for downloadable pdf



Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks remains fully open with no closures.



Air Quality:



Smoke from several fires burning in California is contributing to the overall poor air quality throughout the central valley yesterday. For the latest information on smoke, click here for Daily Air Quality Status and Forecast provided by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.



Yesterday, Sequoia National Park visitors reported seeing and smelling smoke from the Cabin and Willow Fires in Giant Forest, Moro Rock and Ash Mountain. The park also received reports from the community of Three Rivers click here for air quality within the parks.



Information on how to limit your exposure to smoke can be found on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Districts website http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm



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