Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Windy
FIRE
78,428.0
acres
21.9 mi
E of Porterville, CA
2%
contained
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
38 mins, 17 secs ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7841
Fire Start:
Thursday, September 9, 2021 10:45 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 hour, 15 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Windy Fire

The Windy Fire is approximately 78,428 acres (3,897-acre increase from the Saturday evening acreage estimate) and 2 percent contained. The lighting-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.

 

Evacuations and Road Closures:
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office issues evacuation warnings and orders for areas affected by the Windy Fire. View the current Tulare County evacuation map, read the Tulare County Sheriff's Office evacuation news releases, or follow Tulare County Sheriff's Office Facebook page to ensure you have the most current information on Windy Fire evacuation warnings and orders.

Emergency Notification Alerts:

Tulare County residents can sign up for AlertTC to receive emergency alert notifications and other time-sensitive messages.

Evacuation Center and Shelter:
A temporary evacuation center has been established at Porterville College, 100 E. College Ave. Individuals needing assistance with evacuations may call the nonemergency phone number 2-1-1. Seniors needing information about or assistance with evacuating should call the Tulare County Senior Assistance and Information Hotline: 800-321-2462. 

Animal-Evacuation Services and Shelters:
If you need assistance evacuating your animals, need a place to house your animals, or if you had to leave animals behind when you evacuated your property, call Tulare County Animal Services (530-636-4050) or fill out an evacuation-assistance form, and someone from Tulare County Animals Services will contact you during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Large animals, including cattle, equines, goats, and sheep, can be sheltered at the International Agri-Center, 4500 S. Laspina, St., Tulare.

Domestic animals, including poultry, can be sheltered at the Tulare County Animal Service's shelter, 14131 Ave. 256, Visalia. 

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.

Air Quality and Smoke Outlooks:
Go to AirNow for current air-quality information. Go to the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program website for a smoke forecast outlook issued by the incident's air resource advisor.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:45 PM PDT
Location:
A quarter mile southeast of Cholollo campground and six miles south of Camp Nelson.
Incident Commander:
Rick Young, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (in unified command, see "remarks")
Coordinates:
36.047, -118.631

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
2,136
Size (Acres):
78,428
Containment:
2%
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
* Brush and timber with a understory and grass component

* The fire generally remains bordered by the 2020 Castle Fire, 2017 Pier Fire, and 2002 McNally Fire footprints.

* Thick stands of timber dominate the highest elevations.

* On the east side, there is a significant component of brush and a large dead and down trees.

* On the west side, lighter, livestock-altered vegetation has reduced the overall fine-fuel loading.

* All live vegetation is fully cured to seasonally low levels and is driving the high resistance to control.
Significant Events:
The fire behavior was active Saturday, consisting of uphill runs, group torching, and long-range spotting.

The fire is exhibiting high resistance to control and is active in all vegetation types. Fire spread today was was primarily a function of aggressive surface fire, short uphill runs, group tree torching, short- and long-range spotting, and roll-outs due to steep, complex terrain.

Afternoon winds also contributed to the fire moving north toward Ponderosa, east toward Johnsondale, and south beyond California Hot Springs and Sugarloaf. The fire also spread into the well aligned topography of Tobias Peak.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
* Prep the 21S05 Road east toward the 21S16 Road along the 2020 Castle Fire control lines.

* Complete direct and indirect control lines on the east side of the fire, extinguishing hotspots keep fire within containment lines. Mop-up around the structure off the 22S21 Road and
Peppermint Campground off the Lloyd Meadow Road.

* Scout for indirect control line options along the 32E34 Trail. Prepare for potential strategic firing operations on the east side of the 22S16 Road from the fire's edge southward to prevent
fire from crossing the west side of the 22S16 Road.

* Provide structure protection within the communities of California Hot Springs, Pine Flat, Sugarloaf and Tobias Peak areas. Coordinate the structure wrapping of the Baker Point Lookout. Improve and strengthen direct holding lines. Continue to scout and construct contingency lines. Continue to protect the Trail of 100 Giants.

*Construct indirect line from Lone Pine Mountain north toward Wheatons. Keep fire east of the Tule River Indian Reservation community. Construct direct and indirect line from the northeast side of the fire south toward Wheatons, using the Two and a Quarter Road. Continue to monitor and patrol the Cholollo Campground.

* Continue to improve and construct handline or dozer line into the Castle and Pier fire perimeter. Use appropriate tactics to contain the fire south of Camp Nelson/Coy Flat Area. Provide structure defense for Mountainaire, California Hot Springs, and Pine Flats.
Projected Incident Activity:
Weak diurnal nighttime winds and shorter days will only slightly temper fire behavior due to fair-to-poor relative humidity recovery. The contribution of fine vegetation, such as grass, to fire spread will continue during overnight. Drainage winds will steer established, deep-seated fire both west and east downslope toward the San Joaquin Valley and Kern River corridor; sustaining an ongoing threat to the communities of Johnsondale, Pine Flat, and California Hot Springs. Recent growth south of the Tule River Indian Reservation represents continued risk to cultural and infrastructure assets within the reservation. Ongoing fire activity north of the Tule River Indian
Reservation will maintain a threat to the communities along Highway 190, including Camp Nelson and Ponderosa.
Remarks:
California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is in unified command with Tulare County Sheriff's Office.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Warm and dry conditions prevailed across the incident Saturday. Afternoon relative humidity was in the 15-25 percent range. Weak northeasterly winds in the morning shifted to the southwest and up-canyon direction in the afternoon with gusts around 15 miles per hour reported.
For tonight, weak northeast to east winds will prevail across the area. Relative humidity recovery is expected to be moderate tonight.

On Sunday, slightly cooler conditions and slightly higher relative humidity is anticipated. Ridgetop winds will shift to the west and northwest in the afternoon and evening hours with gusts near 25 miles per hour possible. Typical terrain-driven
winds will prevail at lower elevations.

On Tuesday, a dry cold front will sweep across the area. This system will bring cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity to the area. However, it will also bring some gusty southwest to northwest winds to
the area, with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour possible across the ridges and upper slopes.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Windy Fire Information
Email: 2021.windy@firenet.gov
Phone: 559-214-1260
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm, SS 8am-8pm
Fire Unit Information
Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257