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Forest Service to Increase Access to National Forests in California

Vallejo, CA – The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces increased access to some National Forests in California beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California remains in place. Nine National Forests in California remain closed: Angeles NF ...

WEST CASTLE ZONE / EAST CASTLE ZONE SQF COMPLEX

SQF Complex Fire
WEST CASTLE ZONE / EAST CASTLE ZONE SQF COMPLEX Current Issues with Media, California Penal Code 409.5 Porterville, CA – The Tulare County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, USDA Forest Service and National Park Service appreciate the vast majority of media partners who have cooperated with deputies and fire personnel and acted responsibly during this fire incident. It has come to our attention...

THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TEMPORARILY CLOSES CASE MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

Bakersfield, CA – The Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure of the Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area near the town of Three Rivers in Tulare County due to the proximity of the Sequoia Complex Fire (SQF Complex). The closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. The closure prohibits all...

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Oildale

Bakersfield, CA - Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the 100-block of Moneta Avenue, on September 15th, at about 1:14 am. Deputies were dispatched to the area. When the first deputy arrived, he began to investigate the vehicle and discovered it was reported stolen. Shortly after discovering the vehicle was stolen, an adult male began...

SQF Complex Update – Tuesday, September 15th

Helicopter Dips Bucket at Camp Nelson
Incident Statistics Location: 25 miles N of Kernville, CA Date of origin: 8/19/20 Cause: Lightning Size: 107,101 acres / Containment: 12% Cost: $25.4 million Injuries: 14 Civilians evacuated: 3,483 Structures threatened: 1,683 Structures destroyed: 104 The fire area remains dangerous to enter and assess damages. Firefighters remain actively engaged in providing protection to structures that have not been impacted. Tulare County building officials will be notifying property owners of structure...

Sequoia Complex Fire Update – September 14th

Photo taken from the fire station in Camp Nelson
Today’s update reports that 62 structures have been lost. We understand the community is very concerned and wants updates on specific homes and structures. Active fire in the area has made it unsafe for county officials to enter and assess damages. A Tulare County building official will be notifying property owners of losses. “We understand the news about lost structures,...

SQF Complex Information – September 14th

Fire activity along 190 near intersection with 216, 1 mile east of Camp Nelson
90,845 Acres - 12% Contained The Sequoia Complex (SQFComplex), is made up of the Castle and Shotgun fires. The fires were reported on August 24, 2020. Initial attack of these fires was a top priority. Both fires are in the Sequoia National Forest. The majority of the Castle Fire is in the Sequoia National Forest, but it is also burning in the...

Sequoia National Park Implements Closure of Generals Highway

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA – Sequoia National Park implements an immediate road closure of the Generals Highway from Highway 198 in Three Rivers to the Giant Forest Museum starting at 6 am on Monday, September 14, 2020. The immediate partial park closure is in direct relation to the SQF Complex currently burning south and west of...

SQF Complex Fire Update – September 12th

Engine Stationed in Camp Nelson
A Haines Index of 6 is predicted for today. This means that there is instability in the atmosphere and a high potential for the fire to exhibit erratic fire behavior. Active fire behavior is expected today. Sequoia (#SQF) Complex: Because an infrared flight was not flown last night due to mechanical issues, updated acreages are not available. Acreages remain 67,516...

Kern County COVID-19 Data – September 11, 2020

There are now 13,012 active cases, 322 deaths (30,563 total cases (123 new) - 14,080 recovered cases) of COVID-19 in Kern County. 322 Deaths 150 currently hospitalized 12,862 Isolated at home 14,080 Recovered residents 30,563 Positive tests 147,860 Negative tests 901 Pending tests 10 non-resident cases 896,764 Total Population* 92,005 65+ Population* 1,497 Staffed beds* 1,535 Licensed beds* 160 ICU Beds* a/o 9/11 @ 10:00 am Zip Location ...

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