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Smoke Outlook, Sept 6th & 7th for Sequoia Complex

SQF Fire Smoke
Updated Smoke Outlook Air quality will be impaired throughout the Outlook area today. Unhealthy or worse levels are present this morning in Owens Valley, the Kern River drainage, and Sequoia National Park. Shifting winds will also bring smoke from the SQF Complex and the Creek fire to the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra foothills.

Aircraft Crash in Sequoia National Park

Aircraft Crash in Sequoia National Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CA - Early Saturday morning Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks dispatch center received a report from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) of an overdue fixed-wing single-engine aircraft. It was said to depart from Visalia Airport in California on Friday, September 4th at 11 am and due at Needles Airport in...

Creek Fire Update – September 5th

Sierra National Forest - Creek Fire
On Friday September 4, 2020 at about 6:44 PM the fire started. This fire is burning in the Big Creek drainage between Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake, cause of this fire is under investigation. Acres: Approximately 5,000 Total Personnel: 450 Vegetation: Timber, Brush and Understory Litter Evacuations: Sierra Camp, and Big Creek Closures: Hwy 168 closed at Huntington Lake Road and at...

SQF Complex Fire Update – September 5th

Single tree torching along west flank.
Sequoia (#SQF) Complex: The complex includes the Castle and Shotgun fires. Castle Fire: The hot, dry weather with gusty afternoon winds is supporting fire growth on the eastern and western flanks. New spot fires developed yesterday west of Grey Meadow and Burnt Corral Meadows. With increased fire activity and forecasts for extreme fire weather, additional evacuation orders were issued for...

Kern County COVID-19 Data – September 4, 2020

There are now 13,386 active cases, 296 deaths (29,858 total cases (95 new) - 13,034 recovered cases) of COVID-19 in Kern County. 296 Deaths 176 currently hospitalized 13,210 Isolated at home 13,034 Recovered residents 29,858 Positive tests 142,008 Negative tests 898 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 9/3 @ 10:00 am Zip Location ...

Labor Day Recreation Effects From SQF Complex Wildfires

Sequoia National Forest, September 3, 2020 – With the Labor Day Weekend upon us, Sequoia National Forest visitors should be prepared for impacts caused by the SQF Complex wildfires burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Ignited by lightning, the SQF Complex in the Sequoia and Inyo National Forests has spread to more than 46,000 acres across the Golden Trout Wilderness. ...

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in East Kern

Mojave, CA - The Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an adult male walking with a firearm on Highway 14 near Redrock Randsburg Road, on September 3rd, at about 6:52 am. It was also reported that two vehicles were in the area and possibly related to the male. The first deputy arrived on scene at about 7:00 am...

SQF Complex Virtual Public Meeting Tonight at 8 PM

Dozer operator Don Shannon works on his equipment at the end of a long day constructing containment line
Virtual public meeting tonight at 8 PM Live streamed at: www.facebook.com/SequoiaNF www.facebook.com/TulareCountyFireDepartment The SQF Complex, encompassing the Castle and Shotgun fires, has burned 46,328 acres, an increase of 3,754 acres since yesterday. Approximately 6,000 acres of the Castle Fire is burning on the Inyo Nation Forest, with the remainder on the Sequoia National Forest. The containment estimate remains at 1%, with dozer line...

Kern County COVID-19 Data – September 3, 2020

There are now 13,561 active cases, 294 deaths (29,763 total cases (161 new) - 12,731 recovered cases) of COVID-19 in Kern County. 294 Deaths 183 currently hospitalized 13,378 Isolated at home 12,731 Recovered residents 29,763 Positive tests 141,350 Negative tests 896 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 9/3 @ 10:00 am Zip Location ...

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in East Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA - The Kern County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the victim of a shooting at a residence in the 100 block of Sterling Rd, at about 3:00 am, on September 2nd. Deputies arrived and located an adult male suffering non-life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. During the investigation, deputies determined the identity...

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