Recent Thunderstorm Activity Results in Lightning Fires
Incident: Sequoia Lightning Fires Wildfire
Date: July 24, 2013 Contact: Cindy Thill, Public Affairs/Fire
For Immediate Release Phone: (760) 376-3781, # 625
RECENT THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY
RESULTS IN LIGHTNING FIRES
KERNVILLE, CA….The Sequoia National Forest and a large portion of the Southern Sierras experienced thunderstorm activity this week. This activity ignited several fires in the communities and mountaintops surrounding the Kern River Valley.
According to Forest Service Fire Management officials, lightning sparked fires across the Kern River Ranger District. District Fire Management Officer, Bart Kicklighter stated, “Suppression action is being taken on all these fires due to the severe drought conditions and very high fire danger combined with current and predicted weather patterns.”
Shortly after 1:00 pm on Monday, July 22nd, the first of 9 fires were reported. The fires are scattered throughout the Kern Plateau (northeast of Kernville), along the West Plateau ( Horse Meadow/Cherry Hill Road), the west side of the Upper Kern River, and in the Piute Mountains near the community of Claraville. All these fires are limited to single trees with minimal ground fire.
The Cane fire was discovered in the Domeland Wilderness. This fire is 15 acres and remains unstaffed due to its location in steep, inaccessible terrain. Helicopter water drops are currently being utilized over this fire.
For further information, please contact the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, Monday through Friday, or the Lake Isabella Ranger Station at (760) 379-5646, 7 days a week.