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Sequoia Complex Fire Grows to 114,320 Acres, Threatens Tulare County Communities



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The Sequoia Complex Fire has grown to 107,101 acres, with 12% containment, and continues to threaten the Tulare County community of Springville, as well as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, officials said Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, the size of the fire was updated to 114,320 acres.

“A lot of hard firefighting is ahead of us and we are working to provide critical community protection.” — Mike Goicoechea, Sequoia Complex Fire incident commander 

In addition, the wildfire’s east flank will continue to threaten the Blackrock Ranger Station and other U.S. Forest Service facilities and the cultural values and resources in the Monache Meadows area.

On the blaze’s north flank, the Kern River Ranger Station, Quinn Patrol adjacent private land, and the national parks are threatened.

“Hand crews, heavy equipment, engines, and aircraft are all being used to attack the fire. Firefighters are aggressively fighting the fire and implementing point protection to protect critical values at risk,” officials said in Tuesday’s incident report.

“As opportunities allow crews are looking for opportunities to create containment lines, though delayed to extreme fire behavior. Resource shortage is limiting containment effort while point protection remains the highest priority.”

The fire was 90,845 acres, with 12% containment, on Monday.

Watch: Sequoia Complex Fire Report

Resources Deployed to the Fire

There are 819 personnel on the scene, including 12 hand crews. They have 62 engines, 19 water tenders, eight helicopters, and five dozers available.

Thus far, 3,483 residents have evacuated, and 104 buildings have been destroyed. Another 1,683 structures are threatened.

Aerial resources continue to be used heavily on the fire with 237,000 gallons of retardant dropped on Sunday.

The blaze is under the unified command of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 1 and Cal Fire.

“A lot of hard firefighting is ahead of us and we are working to provide critical community protection,” said Mike Goicoechea, who is the incident commander.  “We welcome Cal Fire Team 6 and look forward to working as a team of one and doing our best with them in this firefight.”

BLM Closes Case Mountain

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management ordered the emergency closure of the Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area near Three Rivers in Tulare County.

The closure prohibits public access to the Case Mountain recreation area, which is comprised of 20,000 acres of public land located south of Highway 198 and supports the only BLM-managed giant sequoia groves. Officials said that the closure was also needed to protect wildland firefighters. The closure is at this link.

Evacuations and Closures

  • Evacuation Orders and Warnings from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office may be found at .
  • Tulare County residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications at
  • The Red Cross has reopened an evacuation centeratPorterville Community College and opened an evacuation center at the North Exeter Community Building. For further evacuation assistance, call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or
  • Park and Campgrounds closuresPotwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park; Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest; Tulare County’s Balch Park Campground; and all the campgrounds within the Sequoia and Inyo National Forests.
  • All National Forests in California are closed as of Sept, 9.
  • Current conditions in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks:

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email