Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

Porterville, CA – Efforts to fully contain the 8,777-acre Walkers Fire continues, with growth along 98% of the fire’s perimeter stopped. Two hand crews, supported by personnel on two helicopters, stay engaged to complete containment and extinguish hot spots. As of today, local Forest and Park Service fire managers assumed command of the Walkers Fire. More information can be found on Inciweb. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7807/

The French Fire ignited on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County, and has burned 26,535 acres with 98% containment This morning, the Local Type 3 organization assumed command of fire, transitioning from the Great Basin Type 2 Team. Information is available on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7813/

In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the Colony and Paradise Fires have forced road closures above the park entrance near Three Rivers. Additional fire and closure information can be found on Inciweb. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7838/

After Thursday’s storm, eight lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Western Divide and Kern River Ranger Districts. Fire growth was stopped on each at less than an acre. Work continues to fully contain smaller fires while supporting larger incidents on neighboring lands, sharing resources where they’re needed most.

The lightning-caused Windy Fire, located in the Tule River Indian Reservation and Sequoia National Forest, has grown to more than 400 acres. California Interagency Incident Management Team 11 will assume command of the Windy Fire today at 6 p.m. For current fire information, visit Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7841/ Email 2021.windy@firenet.gov or call (951)970-8890.

Forest officials continue to prioritize firefighter safety recognizing the difficulty faced this season when firefighting resources are limited throughout the state. Our primary response strategy continues to be an aggressive initial attack, supported by available air tankers and helicopters, including using local resources from federal, tribal, state, and local partners to extinguish wildfires quickly.

The Sequoia National Forest is closed by a Regional Order through September 17, 2021, unless otherwise terminated or extended. https://www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia