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Rattlesnake Fire Update 9/8

Post by maverick » Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:58 pm

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Has been now revised:
Determination to Change
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Regulations


Consistent with applicable legislation and Federal administrative policies, and based upon a determination that such action is necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities, the Superintendent makes the following changes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Regulations.

Regulation Change:
The following area is temporarily closed to all individuals:

Beginning at the south boundary of the Sequoia National Park with the intersection of the Great Western Divide, north along the Great Western Divide to Kaweah Gap, southeast to Chagoopa Plateau along the base of the Kaweah Peaks to the Kern Canyon, north to Junction Meadow and the Colby Pass Trail (not included), east along the High Sierra Trail (not included) to the John Muir Trail/PCT (not included), south along the PCT (not included) to the park boundary, and west along the park boundary back to the point of origin, as shown on the attached map.

This regulation shall not apply to the following:
• Emergency services personnel with law enforcement, medical, or SAR responsibility in the
closed area
• Firefighters and overhead personnel assigned to the Rattlesnake Fire or SQF Complex,
• Individuals with a valid wilderness permit who take the most immediate and direct route out
of the area, or
• Other individuals approved by the Incident Commander.

Previous regulations affected by this change:
The southern portion of this larger area was temporarily closed on September 4, 2020 at 0800 hours due to increased fire activity.

Reasons for change:
The Rattlesnake Fire is creating hazardous conditions for the public, including active flames, rolling rocks and logs, and snags. This area is currently affected or soon expected to be impacted by fire growth as the fire continues to spread.

Effective Dates:
The closure is temporary from August 8, 2020 at 0800 hours until the fire activity has subsided to a point at which there is minimal risk to the public, as determined by the Incident Commander.

Authority for adoption:
Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR, Part 1.5
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Creek Fire 9/7 Evacuation

Post by maverick » Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:24 pm

Fresno Co Sheriffs Dept:
On Monday, a total of seven Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies and three Fresno Police officers travelled to Florence Lake, Edison Lake and Mono Hot Springs to help evacuate citizens in those areas. They ended up making contact with 142 people, who are a mixture of hikers and campers. The smoke conditions worsened, so everyone was forced to shelter in place. They made the decision to all gather in one central location, Edison Lake (Vermilion Valley Resort). At 3:00 am on Tuesday, the Air National Guard and NAS Lemoore sent in a Blackhawk helicopter and a Chinook helicopter. They made a total of eight trips to transport out the 142 citizens and 10 officers by 10:00 am. They were all taken to the Fresno Airport. The operation went smoothly and nobody suffered any injuries.


Crews were also able to recover the body of a man who had passed away and fly him back to Fresno. On Sunday evening, an older gentleman arrived at Vermillion Store, located on Edison Road in Mono Hot Springs. The man collapsed due a medical episode. Life saving measures were taken, but he ended up passing away. Due to fire conditions in the surrounding area, EMS was not able to respond to the location, so plans are were made to fly the body out.


Our office would like to extend a special thank you to the staff members at Vermilion Valley Resort. Their hospitality was fantastic and made everyone’s stay very comfortable.
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9/7 Evac Video Footage

Post by maverick » Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:12 pm

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by schmalz » Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:32 pm

RIP to the person who died at VVR. I wonder if his death was caused in part by the smoke.
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by SSSdave » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:00 am

Glad to see SEKI is also now forcing thru hikers out of the mountains since many may be obsessed with their objectives without adequate information about how serious current situations are.

Fire map at 5:30am this morning for the new Bear Fire in Butte County that is like many of the recent fires that have exploded. This fire has burned west all the way to the east shore of Oroville Reservoir. Just west of the reservoir is Oroville with many small mountain communities in danger to the west across the reservoir and southwest. Note the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise was right on the other side of the Feather River. Like the Creek Fire, likely human caused. With a north airflow across the West Coast, we are now receiving a lot of higher atmosphere smoke from the recently burning large fires in Oregon and Washington.

The behaviors of these non-wind driven fires has been a bit different than those in the past that like the Camp Fire were wind driven. What we have now may be a result of two years with heavy precipitation, 2017 and 2019 with an average winter 2018 between building up a heavy amount of vegetation fuels, a dry 2020 winter where it was extra dry in February, a very dry June, and an extra hot August that has left it all super dry.

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Creek Fire Update 9/9

Post by maverick » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:50 am

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Fork Fire In El Dorado NF 9/9

Post by maverick » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:55 am

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The Fork Fire in the Pacific Ranger District is now 2500 acres 0% containment and is spreading toward the 2014 King Fire burn scar in the Rubicon drainage on the Georgetown Ranger District.

The fire cause is under investigation. It began off Wentworth Springs Road, east of Gerle Creek and south of S. Creek Rd. Evacuations are in effect for Loon Lake, Gerle Creek and Rubicon Trail Area. Initial attack in progress. An incident management team is being mobilized.
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Tahoe NF Closed 9/9

Post by maverick » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:17 pm

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Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure Order of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed.

ALL NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM ROADS, TRAILS, AND LANDS WITHIN THE TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING AT 5:00 PM ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020.

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:
•Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
•Persons with a Forest Service non-special-use written authorization to conduct non-recreational activities, such as harvesting timber or forest products, or grazing livestock.
•Owners or lessees of land, to the extent necessary to access their land.
•Residents, to the extent necessary to access their residences.
•Persons engaged in a business, trade, or occupation are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above, but may use National Forest System roads to the extent necessary to carry out their business, trade, or occupation.

This Order is effective From 5:00 P.M. September 9, 2020 through September 14, 2020
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Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Closed 9/9

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:55 am

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Temporarily Closes all Forest Lands in California

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will temporarily close all lands, including backcountry and wilderness areas, located in California on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. All campgrounds (developed and dispersed), day use areas, trailheads, trails, and roads are closed to the public. No recreational activities will be allowed, including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, or operating off-highway vehicles, etc.

“Although the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is in the USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region, with this unprecedented fire situation we are aligning with the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region’s closures for all National Forest System (NFS) lands in the state of California,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “The Pacific Southwest Region made this decision as a result of several explosive fires across the state and the historic fire danger, which has stretched fire responders to the limit.”

With the current fire activity across the west, fire resources are engaged in multiple incidents already and may not have the capacity to suppress new fire starts. With the combination of significant wind, extreme heat, and dry vegetation, any new fire will likely exhibit extreme behavior. This can create dangerous evacuation situations, especially for campers within the forest. The safety of the public and our firefighters remains our top priority, so it is important that the public follow these important closures for their safety, as well as the safety of our firefighters.

“We have also experienced this extreme type of fire behavior on the lightning-caused Slink Fire that has burned a total of 22,474 acres on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts west of Coleville, California,” added Dunkelberger.

This temporary emergency closure will be re-evaluated on Monday, Sept. 14, or as conditions change. People who are found guilty of violating this closure order could receive a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone found responsible for starting a wildfire can be held civilly and criminally liable.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. Fire officials would also like to remind visitors that the Nevada side of the Forest is in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. NO campfires are allowed anywhere on the Forest, including within developed campgrounds, day use areas, and dispersed camping areas.

The one million-acre Bridgeport Ranger District has 375,721 acres in Mono County in California, while the 400,000-acre Carson Ranger District has a total of 270,260 acres in Alpine, Nevada, Lassen, and Sierra Counties in California.
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SQF Complex Fire 9/10 Update

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:59 am

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