Lightning storm brings fires
to Sequoia’s Kern Plateau
June 19, 2019 – The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest has discovered two fires this week. The Bald and Lost fires were determined to be lightning caused, due to the recent thunderstorm activity which moved through the area on Monday, June 17, 2019.
The fires are located in the South Sierra Wilderness, in extremely steep, rocky terrain, thus proving to be difficult to access for personnel.
· Bald Fire, discovered June 17th, at 4:36 p.m., is located 5 miles northeast of Bald Mountain Lookout. Fire Managers determined the fire to be a single tree, at an elevation of 8,200 feet, in steep rocky terrain. No growth has occurred for two days.
· Lost Fire, discovered June 18th, at 10:00 a.m., is located east of Jackass and north of Dead Horse Meadow. The fire is burning (upslope) in the upper 1/3 of the slope, at a slow rate of spread in brush and timber at 8,200 feet in elevation. Current size is approximately 7.2 acres.
Forest Service personnel are currently assessing a suppression strategy that will ensure fire fighter safety while providing a high probability of successful containment.
Tuesday, June 18th, fire aviation personnel conducted a reconnaissance (“recon”) flight, looking for additional lightning caused starts and monitoring the fires. Recon flights will continue as fire management personnel deem necessary.
For more information, please contact the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.