Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Fire Information Line: 559-549-4837
Date Started: July 31, 2015 Cause: Lightning Size: 143,559 acres Containment: 75%
Structures Destroyed: 4 Firefighter injuries to date: 9 Total Personnel: 1,334
Fire Resources: 24 crews, 66 engines, 11 helicopters, 11 bulldozers, 30 water tenders
FIRE SUMMARY: Multiple days of hot and dry weather continue to promote active fire behavior within containment lines. This weather pattern is predicted to remain in place well into the week. With various road closures recently being removed, the public is reminded to be extra cautious on the roadway due to fire equipment working in the area.
The threat of “roll-out” (rocks, debris or burning materials rolling downhill toward unburned fuels) remains a reality. Therefore, fire crews continue to secure, monitor and patrol all areas of the fire. Fire suppression efforts are focused on mop-up activities around Grant Grove, as it was opened to the public yesterday. Fire behavior on the eastern portion of the fire has moderated due to the fire progressing into rock outcroppings which, as expected, acted as natural fire breaks.
Predictions of higher temperatures are forecasted, creating potential for increased fire activity in interior islands of unburned fuels. However, we will continue to see a reduction of smoke produced from the fire. With the decrease in smoke we will also see a reduction of fire crews and equipment. As these crews leave the fire’s containment lines, they take with them all of the tools they used to contain the fire. These tools include miles of hose, pumps, saws and hand tools. The removal of these items from the forest is called “back-haul”. After the tools are “hauled back” they are cleaned, repaired and returned to a state of readiness in preparation for additional assignments.
Highway 180 remains closed north of the Grant Tree main parking area.
Visitors should be aware that firefighters continue to work on the fireline in the vicinity of Grant Grove.
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NORTH ZONE: Zone specific Fire Information is available at (559) 841-6248
As suppression and repair operations are nearly complete in the North Zone, demobilization of excess fire resources has accelerated. This is allowing fire crews to return to their home units and families. Some resources have been on the fireline for extended days or have had multiple deployments to the Rough Fire.
Air quality was much improved today as the burning operations were completed the day before yesterday and the burn down of logs and other vegetation interior to the perimeter continues. The low pressure system over the fire area today has also allowed for general mixing of smoke into the atmosphere.
AREA CLOSURES: Area closures for public and firefighter safety remain in place on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park. A phased reopening of certain areas of the National Monument and National Parks continues.
The latest Rough Fire Information can be found at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4456/