Firefighters Achieve Increased Containment

Release Date: Jul 12, 2017  

Contact(s): Schaeffer Fire PIO


Firefighters Achieve Increased Containment

July 12, 2017 Schaeffer Fire Update

Acres Burned: 15,859                                               Structures Threatened: 13

Containment: 25%                                                    Injuries: 4 (minor)

Personnel: 928                                                           Fuel Type: Brush, timber, heavy dead and down

Start Date: June 24, 2017

***A community meeting will be held on Thursday, July 13 at 5:30 pm at Kernville Elementary School, 13350 Sierra Way, Kernville, California.

There has been good progress by crews on the west flank of the fire from the Kern River south to Bonita Springs. On the east flank of the fire, crews worked along the fire’s perimeter, going direct, constructing hand line from the Kern River toward Soda Creek and back into Rattlesnake.  Type 1 Helicopters have been assisting ground resources in the Rattlesnake area cooling down the area with water drops, subsequently the fire has not moved since Monday.

Today, on the east flank, firefighters will continue to reinforce hand lines and construct direct line from the Kern River south along the fire’s perimeter. In the Beach Meadows area crews will be reinforcing the containment line and preparing the road system for a possible burn operation.  Further south on the east flank crews will be scouting for opportunities to construct direct lines. On the north flank, at the fork of the Little Kern and Kern River, the fire continues to be very active. Smoke from that area is visible. In all other areas, fire resources will be mopping up to the degree necessary to make sure the probability of escape is low. All firefighters are to be commended for their exemplary efforts in maintaining firefighter and public safety with only 4 minor firefighter injuries on the incident to date.

The main change in the weather pattern over the next few days will be a break in the daily afternoon thunderstorms.  Thursday and Friday will see a slight warming and drying trend.  Relative humidity is likely to drop back into the upper teens during this time.

As suppression efforts continue, smoke may impact surrounding communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours.  Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. People with respiratory conditions, young children, and senior citizens may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice. For more information, see https://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/index.html or http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm.

A Forest closure order for the area of the fire, including all roads and trails has been issued, going into effect today and will remain in effect until the fire is declared out (Forest Order No. 0513-17-20).  For details regarding this closure, please go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285/.

Information on the #SchaefferFire can be found by following on Facebook and Twitter or go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5285. The Kern River Ranger District can also be reached at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.