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Kern County COVID-19 Data – September 9, 2020

There are now 13,280 active cases, 296 deaths (30,371 total cases (169 new) - 13,639 recovered cases) of COVID-19 in Kern County. 297 Deaths 161 currently hospitalized 13,119 Isolated at home 13,639 Recovered residents 30,371 Positive tests 145,989 Negative tests 895 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 9/9 @ 10:00 am Zip Location ...

Access to Sequoia National Forest Temporarily Closed

Sequoia National Forest, CA – Access to Sequoia National Forest temporarily closed to the public as of, Monday, September 7, at 5 pm, due to the extreme fire behavior throughout California. According to the Regional Emergency Forest Closure Order, developed and dispersed camping, day-use areas, wilderness areas, forest roads, and trails are closed to the public. This is a short-term...

SQF Complex Update – Sept 8th

Looking north along Lloyd Meadows Road on the SW side of the Sequoia Complex
Virtual Community Meeting 6 PM tonight Broadcast via Facebook Live at: www.facebook.com/SequoiaNF On 9/7/2020, The USDA Forest Service issued emergency forest closures and emergency fire restrictions for the Pacific Southwest Region. These orders affect eight National Forests, including the Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. Sequoia (#SQF) Complex: The complex includes the 62,389 acre Castle fire and the 498 acre Shotgun fire. Castle Fire:...

Forest Service Temporarily Closes Southern California National Forests, Adds Prohibitions in Others

Vallejo, CA - Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public...

Sequoia Complex Fire Update – Sunday, September 6th

Photo of the Tulare County Fire Department engines, taken at the Pyles Boys Camp.
SQF Complex: The complex includes the Castle and Shotgun fires. Castle Fire: Containment moved from 1% to 7% as firefighters mopped up along the southwest perimeter of the fire in the vicinity of Lloyd Flat. Yesterday afternoon, a large smoke column rose from the western side of the fire as it aggressively pushed to the west along Clicks Creek. Crews...

Kern County COVID-19 Data – September 6, 2020

There are now 13,303 active cases, 296 deaths (30,080 total cases (40 new) - 13,337 recovered cases) of COVID-19 in Kern County. 296 Deaths 168 currently hospitalized 13,135 Isolated at home 13,337 Recovered residents 30,080 Positive tests 144,091 Negative tests 911 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 9/6 @ 10:00 am Zip Location ...

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...

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