Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, October 22, 2021 12:28:31 AM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
www.fireweatheravalanche.org
Incident #
2021-NWCG-7838
FWAC Incident ID
211947
Incident Name
KNP Complex Fire
Last Updated
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
(28 mins, 26 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Friday, September 10, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
(1 month ago)
State
California
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
29.5 miles ENE of Visalia, CA
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

On September 9, 2021, a significant lightning storm moved through the area. On September 10, two fires, the Colony Fire and Paradise Fire were located.  These two fires merged together and became the KNP Complex.  The fire is burning in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest. The fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with firefighter and public safety as the #1 priority.

Evacuations: There are multiple evacuation orders and warnings in place. These are issued by the Fresno and Tulare County Sheriff Offices. For the most up-to-date information, visit the following sites:

https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4b2ac27b5c8943ed92c0e77aa94daca0

Tulare County Sheriff's Facebook Page

Freso County Sheriff's Facebook Page

Closures are in place for the National Park Service and US Forest Service. View the latest closures here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7838/

Operations updates for the KNP COMPLEX will be posted in the evening only. View videos at https://bit.ly/2021KNPComplex

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Friday September 10th, 2021 approx. 07:00 AM
Location
Sequoia National Park
Incident Commander
Michael Minton, Nickie Johnny, John Goss CAIIMT2
Incident Description
Complex
Coordinates
36.567, -118.811
Total Personnel
622
Size (Acres)
88,307
Containment
60%
Fuels Involved
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Short Grass (1 foot)
Significant Events
There is still a fair amount of snow over a large portion of the fire area so no forward fire progression is
expected today. Expect creeping under closed canopies and heavier fuels will continue to burn. Fire weakened
trees will continue
to fall.

Spotting, if any will be from rollout and with the higher RH the potential for torching will be reduced. One hour fuels are becoming more receptive to spotting on exposed south and west slopes.
Planned Actions
Division A/C/E/X;
-Patrol established control lines and mop up to the degree necessary to make escape improbable. -Monitor indirect lines for any heat and take action if necessary.
-Secure the east fork of the Kaweah River to minimize spread to the south.
-Monitor fire movement west of Redwood Meadow Grove and provide point source protection if needed.

Division L/P/S/U;
Patrol established control lines and mop up to the degree necessary to make escape improbable.
Repair North;
Complete suppression repair on non-primary containment lines.
Repair South;
Repair suppression damage on non-primary lines.

Identify and mitigate hazard trees along General Hwy from Stoney Creek to Ash Mountain for firefighter safety.
Sequoia Protection;
Where safe and practical, implement mop up tactics to minimize Sequoia mortality. Support Division L/P/S/U to remove all excess equipment and supplies.

Contingency Repair;
Repair and rehab of contingency fire lines.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: North: No forward fire progression is expected. Most of the fire is in a backing alignment.
12 hours: Rollout will continue to challenge containment. Heavier fuels will continue to burn and some
creeping should be expected under closed canopies

South: Expect, decreased fire behavior in the southeast flank. Rollout will continue to challenge containment lines. Some flanking runs are possible on the southeast flank. The fire is not, expected to cross Cliff Creek. No forward progression in south and southwest flanks of the fire.

Spotting from rollout will continue to be problematic. Slope-reversals are probable from any fire burning in drainage bottoms. Mop-up will continue to be extensive.

24 hours: Minimal fire activity. Grass, broad- and needle-leaf litter fuel beds will support surface fire on
the south aspects.

48 hours: Minimal fire activity and some increase where fuels are available.

72 hours: Minimal fire activity. Grass, broad- and needle-leaf litter fuel beds will support surface fire but
low intensity in areas that underburned.

Anticipated after 72 hours: No additional fire progression expected.
Weather Concerns
CURRENT:
Little changes are expected on Thursday with just a few more degrees of warming. A weak disturbance will bring a slight chance of light showers Friday and Saturday with cooler and breezy conditions. Forecast models continue to show the potential for an Atmospheric River to impact the fire area by late this weekend into early next week. The timing has slowed a little with the focus for heavy precipitation more on Monday.

PREDICTED:
A weak trough of low pressure will move in from the coast on Friday bringing a slight chance of light showers in the afternoon through Friday night. Rainfall amounts from a few hundredths to a tenth of an inch are possible. Temperatures will cool a few degrees with increasing humidity and breezy conditions in the afternoon.
Incident Contact
Public Information Line
Email: 2021.knp@firenet.gov
Phone: 559 494-4881
Hours: 8am - 8pm 7 days
Fire Unit Information
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Incident Map

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