This lightning-caused fire was detected on September 9 and is burning in the Tule River Indian Reservation, the Sequoia National Forest (including the Giant Sequoia National Monument), and Tulare County and state responsibility areas. The Windy Fire is being managed by a local Type 3 organization, operating under unified command by the Tule River Reservation and Sequoia National Forest.
As of Thursday morning, the Windy Fire is approximately 97,554 acres (no increase from the Wednesday morning estimate) and 91 percent contained. Two sections of the fire perimeter are still uncontained, on the west and north sides. These are in very rugged, remote areas where it is too hazardous for fire personnel to dig fire lines along the fire edge. These areas are being monitored by aircraft (some with infrared sensors) and by field observers on the ground. Aircraft and fire personnel can respond quickly if a flare-up occurs near the edge.
Work continues on the fire, including monitoring for heat in critical areas and repair of damage caused by the fire suppression activities. With a forecast of heavy rain moving into the area this weekend, some repair projects are being prioritized to reduce the chances of road wash-outs and localized flooding due to runoff from the dozer lines and other areas disturbed by fire suppression activities.
SPECIAL NOTE: Everyone near and downstream from the burned areas should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scars. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events-be prepared to take action. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service websites: www.weather.gov/sto/ and www.weather.gov/hnx.
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams are working to evaluate damage from the Windy Fire on federal lands. For information about their work: Windy Post-Fire BAER
Daily Update Videos
New daily update videos are no longer being produced for the Windy Fire. Previous video updates related to fire operations, weather, smoke outlook, and fire behavior may be viewed on either link below:
Facebook: Sequoia National Forest
YouTube: Great Basin IIMT 6
Sequoia National Forest Closure:
National Forest System lands, roads, and trails near the Windy Fire are closed. Go to Alerts and Notices on the Sequoia National Forest website to ensure you are viewing the most current closure order and map. Hunting on Sequoia National Forest lands is allowed outside the closure area.
Evacuations and Road Closures:
The Tulare County Sheriff lifted all evacuations related to the Windy Fire on October 13. Roadblocks remain at Western Divide Highway (M107) near Ponderosa, M99 at Lloyd Meadow Road, and Parker Pass (M50) at Parker Meadow above California Hot Springs.
Emergency Notification Alerts:
Tulare County residents can sign up for AlertTC to receive emergency alert notifications and other time-sensitive messages.
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