Schaeffer Fire Progresses East into Upper Rattlesnake Canyon

July 9, 2017 Morning Update

Acres Burned: 14,342                                                           Structures Threatened: 13

Containment: 11%                                                                 Injuries: 1 minor

Personnel: 798                                                                      Fuel Type:Brush, timber, heavy dead and down

Start Date: June 24


***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

Sunday, July 9th, fire crews will continue improving containment lines on the south and east flanks.  As the fire approaches containment lines, strategic firing operations may be used to remove unburned fuel between the containment line and the fire, as conditions allow.  Crews continue to prep for structure protection with increased defensible space and strengthening containment lines in the area.

Saturday the fire crept through the McNally fire scar on the north and east flanks of the fire. Firefighters continue to have success with containment efforts as fire backs slowly toward the Kern River to the northwest. The west flank has held for the past 48 hours. Hotshot crews are working in the rugged terrain on the north end of the fire to strengthen the containment line using existing roads and trails to keep it from spreading into the Golden Trout Wilderness.

Fire activity is predicted to be active today.   Weather continues to be hot and dry for a few more days, with a chance of thundershowers today. The fire progressed on the south and east edges, and fire crews are doing an outstanding job strengthening the indirect handline on the south edge around Schaeffer Mountain and tying into the forest roads, trails and Sherman Pass Road.  This effort can reduce the overall containment area.

Helicopters are making water drops to protect resources in the vicinity, and air tankers will be used to reinforce containment lines when they can be used effectively, and weather conditions permit.

There will be a community meeting is scheduled in Inyokern today at 3:00 PM at Inyokern Fire Station #73 (6919 Monache Mountain Ave).

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 or

For more information follow #SchaefferFire on Facebook and Twitter or go to The Kern River Ranger District can also be reached at 760-376-3781 (ext.635) from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.


California Statewide Fire Summary
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Approximately 5,000 firefighters are battling 14 large wildfires in California.

In the northern region, the high will shift southeast today and allow a Pacific low pressure trough to reach the Northern California Coast and the Pacific Northwest. The trough will move slowly northeast, leaving early in the week. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible in far northern areas today through Tuesday. The trough will also bring a slight cooling trend and stronger winds, with southwest gusts to 30 mph in northern and eastern areas. In the southern region, thunderstorm activity will increase over the mountains and deserts today as moisture increases around high pressure centered over the Southwestern states. A weak disturbance in the flow may bring some shower and thunderstorm activity to the coastal and valley locations of Southern California. Temperatures will then cool a couple degrees each day through Wednesday.

Did you know that embers from a wildfire can travel up to a mile away from the main fire and ignite a new fire?  Make sure your home is hardened and ready to defend itself against a wildfire at

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**
Wall Fire, Butte County (more info…)
Chinese Wall Rd, 5 miles north of Bangor
· 4,400 acres, 17% contained
· Evacuations remain in effect

Winter Fire, Yolo County (more info…)
Highway 128 at Pleasant View Road, 3 miles southwest of Winters
· 2,269 acres, 75% contained

Fay Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
Highway 3 and Fay Lane, 7 miles south of Etna
· 469 acres, 85% contained

Axel Fire, El Dorado County, NEW

Axel Ct. and Barrister Ct., Rescue

  • 100 acres brush, 50% containedParkfield Fire, Monterey County, NEW

Vineyard Canyon Rd, 25 miles west of Parkfield

  • 1500 acres, 30% containedWillow Fire, Contra Costa County, NEW

Springwood Ct. and California St., Rodeo

  • 370 acres grass, 90% containedWest Fire, Yuba County, NEW

Camp Far West Rd and Wichita Way, east of Olivehurst

  • 50 acres oak-woodland and brush, 90% containedDeer Complex, Contra Costa County, FINAL
    Deer Valley Rd and Marsh Creek Rd, west of Brentwood
    · 231 acres brush, 100% containedBanderilla Fire, Mariposa County FINAL
    Banderilla Drive at Hildalgo Street, north of Hayward
    · 36 acres, 100% contained

    Tower Fire, San Luis Obispo County FINAL
    Hwy 101 at Mount Lowe Road
    · 58 acres, 100% contained

    **Unified Command**
    Alamo Fire, San Luis Obispo County
    (more info…)
    Highway 166 at Alamo Creek Road, east of Santa Maria
    · 23,867 acres, 10% contained

    Bryant Fire, San Bernardino County
    Highway 38 at Bryant, west of Yucaipa
    · 74 acres, 75% contained

    **Federal Incidents**
    Whittier Fire, Santa Barbara County, NEW (more info…)
    Lake Cachuma area, south of Hwy 154
    · 7,800 acres, 5% contained

    Island Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
    14 miles west of Etna in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
    · 567 acres

    Schaeffer Fire, Tulare County
    (more info…)
    17 miles north of Kernville
    · 14,342 acres, 11% contained

    Mart Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
    Highland Ave at Highway 330
    ·  670 acres, 95% contained

    Silver Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
    Silverwood Lake Area
    · 13 acres, 60% contained


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