TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The SQF Complex Fire, consisting of the larger Castle Fire and the smaller Shotgun Fire, has scorched a total of 114,320 acres and is 12% contained as of Wednesday morning.
The western flank of the blaze, burning near Camp Nelson and Three Rivers, continued to be a top priority for firefighters as it exhibits “active” fire behavior, according to Cal Fire. A large spot fire erupted in Jenny Creek on Tuesday and caused additional evacuations northwest of the fire.
Crews continued work on constructing an indirect containment line from Quaker and Aspen meadows, south to the Kern River.
The Castle Fire has crossed Highway 190 near Cedar Slope in multiple areas as firefighters worked through the night on Wednesday in Doyle Springs, Cal Fire said. Crews reported they are preparing for the blaze’s likely movement toward Ponderosa and Camp Nelson, and to maintain the viability of Highway 190.
A total of 1,001 personnel, consisting of 70 engines, 27 water tenders, 15 helicopters, 14 hand crews, 11 dozers and 19 other units are on the fire lines.
Evacuation orders are in place for the following communities:
- Pyles Camp
- Sequoia Crest
- Alpine Village
- Redwood Drive
- Lloyd Meadows
- Cedar Slope
- Camp Nelson
- Rogers Camp
- Mountain Aire
- Doyle Springs
- Mountain Home
- Coy Flat
Evacuation warnings are in place at Balch Park to Three Rivers along South Fork.
Temporary evacuation points have been established at:
- Porterville: Porterville Community College, 100 E. College Ave. Porterville, CA. (831) 220-4477
- Exeter: Exeter Memorial building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. Exeter, CA. (831) 220-4477
Animal evacuation points:
Small animal: Tulare County Animal Shelter, 14131 Ave 256 Visalia, CA (559) 636-4050
South County – Porterville Fairgrounds, 2400 Teapot Dome Ave. Porterville, CA.
North County – Woodlake Rodeo grounds, 19400 Ave 398 Woodlake, CA. (Livestock)
Road Closures in Place:
- Highway 190
- Tulare County Transfer Station
- Mountain Road 50
- Johnsondale Bridge
- Sherman Pass Road from Cherry Hill Road to Kennedy Meadows
- Everything east of Balch Creek Road
- Generals Highway from Ash Road to Giant Forest Museum