Springville, CA – A lightning-caused wildfire was discovered burning five miles north of Camp Nelson in the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The Alder Fire had grown to ½ acre by Thursday afternoon, and is burning in an area that is not accessible on foot. Due to excessive cloud cover, aircraft were unable to reach the fire to estimate size, evaluate burning conditions, or drop water Friday morning.

The fire is located north of Alder Creek, burning in a heavy timber stand with heavy fuels on the ground. There are multiple snags (standing dead trees) near the fire which creates a safety concern for fire personnel. Cool and moist weather conditions are slowing the fires spread, but warm dry weather is expected along with gusty winds.

Fire officials are most concerned about the fire spreading southward, where it would move closer to the communities of Doyle Springs and Sequoia Crest. “A lot of preparation work was accomplished to protect those communities last summer during the Pier Fire,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. “Firefighters have several options to stop it if the Alder Fire were to spread in that direction.”

Firefighters are working on re-opening fire lines used in the Pier Fire last summer. Roads, trails, and fire lines will be utilized to confine and contain the Alder Fire where possible. The Fox Farm Road (FS20S03) is closed to the public to allow safer access for fire personnel. Trails 30E14, 31E18, and 31E21, and 31E14 near the fire are closed to keep the public from walking into the fire’s path.

For additional information, please refer to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6238/ or call the Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This office will be closed on Monday Oct. 8th in observance of Columbus Day.

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