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SQF Complex Fire (Includes Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire)

150,800 Acres




Active for 38 days

1 County


Last Updated09/29/20 6:36 AM
Date Started08/21/20 5:47 PM
Location InformationEast of Giant Sequoia National Monument in Tulare County.
Lat/Long[36.14549, -118.47953]
Administrative UnitUnified Command: CAL FIRE Tulare, Sequoia National Forest, and National Park Services

Status Updates


The Sequoia Complex is under the Unified Command between the United States Forest Service, California Incident Management Team 2, CAL FIRE, National Park Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 is in command of the west zone of the fire. Minimal overnight humidity recovery allowed the backing fire spread off of Dennison Mountain to continue to progress. A thermal belt set in around 3,500ft elevation and produced warm and dry conditions in the mid slope areas, which aided the active fire in continuing its spread. Below 3,500ft elevation, the inversion layer limited fire activity and spread. Heat from the heavy dead down logs and fire weakened timber that remain close to the control lines, still poses a significant threat due to release and ember cast. Sequoia National Park is closed. The Mineral King Road is closed from Oak Grove Drive to Mineral King. Damage inspections teams are in the area and continue to assess the areas affected.

Evacuations Orders:

Evacuation ORDERS are in place for the following communities:

  • Ponderosa
  • Pyles Boys Camp
  • Redwood Drive
  • Alpine Village
  • Sequoia Crest
  • Doyle Springs
  • Mahogany Flat
  • Bear Creek Road at SCICON
  • Upper Tule River Corridor (Camp Nelson, Pierpoint, Coy Flat, Mountain Aire, and points between)
  • Cedar Slope
  • Silver City
  • Mineral King
  • Above Cinnamon Canyon Road, including Cahoon Mountain and adjacent roads
  • Evacuations Warnings:

  • Three Rivers
  • Balch Park Road from Highway 190 to Yokohl Valley Road
  • Balch Park Road below Blue Ridge Road
  • Bear Creek Road below SCICON
  • South Fork Drive below Cinnamon Canyon Road
  • Cinnamon Canyon Road
  • Temporary Evacuation Points:

    Porterville: Porterville Community College, 100 E. College Ave. Porterville CA. (831) 220-4477. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Exeter: Exeter Memorial building, 324 N. Kaweah Ave. Exeter, CA (831) 220- 4477. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Road Closures:

  • Highway 190 at Rio Vista Drive
  • Balch Park & Blue Ridge Road
  • Bear Creek Road at SCICON
  • Mountain 50 & 107
  • Mountain 99 & Sherman Pass
  • Sherman Pass & Cherry
  • Sequoia National Parks Closures

  • Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park from Ash Mountain Entrance in Three Rivers to the Woodward Gate west
  • Highway 190 at Rio Vista
  • Highway 198 to the Giant Forest
  • South Fork Drive at Conley Bridge
  • Mineral King Road at Oak Grove Drive
  • Cinnamon Canyon Road & South Fork Road
  • Animal Evacuation Points:

    Small animal: Tulare County Animal Shelter, 14131 Ave 256 Visalia, CA (559) 636-4050

    Large animal:

    South County - Porterville Fairgrounds, 2400 Teapot Dome Ave. Porterville, CA

    North County – Woodlake Rodeo grounds,19400 Ave 398 Woodlake, CA (Livestock)

    Damages and Losses

    Confirmed Damage to Property, Injuries, and Fatalities

    12 Structures Damaged

    Residential, Commercial and Other

    232 Structures Destroyed

    Residential, Commercial and Other

    15 Injuries

    Confirmed Fire Personnel and Civilian Injuries

    Cooperators & Personnel

    CAL FIRE often partners with other agencies during extended emergency incidents.

    5 Agencies

    Partner Federal, State and Local Agencies

    1987 Personnel

    Total Fire Personnel Assigned

    43 Crews

    Number of Crews Assigned

    Contact Information

    West Castle Zone Information Line
    (916) 618-3195
    West Castle Zone Media Line
    (559) 635-8206
    East Castle Zone Information Line
    (559) 697-5148

    Agency Information

    Sequoia National Forest
    Cooperating Agencies: SCE, Tulare County Fire Department, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, California Highway Patrol, Tule River Tribe, California Highway Patrol, Tulare County Animal Services, Red Cross, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, BLM, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tulare County OES.
    West Castle Zone Email Updates (sign up)
    East Castle Zone Information Line
    Evacuation Info

    Resources Assigned

    CAL FIRE owns and operates over 3,000 fire and emergency response and resource protection vehicles. In support of its ground forces, the CAL FIRE emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, 11 UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A airtactical. From 13 air attack and nine helitack bases located statewide, aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes.

    11 Helicopters

    132 Engines

    28 Dozers

    35 Water Tenders