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SQF Complex up to 151k acres

Firefighters push containment above 60%

9/30/20, 8:56 a.m.: Fire officials report that the SQF Complex Fire has swelled to 151,426 acres.

While the fire is slowly growing, firefighters are continuing to make progress with containment, pushing the total to 61%.

There are currently 1,838 total personnel on the ground fighting the SQF Complex Fire.

Officials report progress as fire growth remains minimal

9/29/20, 9:35 a.m.: Firefighters continued to see success in pushing back the SQF Complex Fire as they report Tuesday morning that the containment is up to 58%.

The good news on the containment front comes as the fire is seemingly slowing down, only gaining about 600 acres to push the total to 150,800 acres.

The total personnel on the scene is down to 1,987 individuals.

Firefighters halfway there, officials report minimal growth

9/28/20, 9:17 a.m.: Following the large containment gains over the weekend, fire officials report the SQF Complex Fire is now 50% contained.

The wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest is only grew by 20 acres overnight, now sitting at 150,286 acres.

There are currently 2,249 individuals fighting the blaze.

Firefighters near 50% containment

9/27/20, 8:59 p.m.: Firefighters battling the SQF Complex fire within the Sequoia National Forest have greatly pushed back the blaze, achieving 49 percent containment – up 13 percent since Friday.

The blaze sits at 150,266 acres consumed, up 5,489 acres over the weekend.

SQF Complex Fire holds at 144k acres

9/25/20, 8:57 a.m.: Fire officials updated the total area of the SQF Complex Fire Friday morning to 144,777 acres, which comes in less than Thursday’s report.

Containment continues to slowly rise, hitting 36%, while the number of total personnel on hand grew substantially to 1,763 fire fighters.

Officials expect to have the fire fully contained by Oct. 10.

Officials report minimal growth for SQF Complex

9/24/20, 10:05 a.m.: The SQF Complex Fire only added about 100 acres in growth from Wednesday, bringing the total to 144,826 acres.

As the fire saw minimal growth, firefighters were able to gain some ground and push the containment up to 35%.

The total personnel currently fighting the SQF Complex is up to 1,521.

SQF Complex grows as containment stalls

9/23/20, 9:22 a.m.: The SQF Complex Fire swelled to 144,708 acres Wednesday morning but has remained at 33% containment for a few days.

Officials report that the total personnel on the scene has risen to 1,458 people.

The U.S. Forest Service has not reported an update to structure damage.

Officials report SQF Complex remains one-third contained

9/22/20, 10:43 a.m.: Following Monday’s announcement that the SQF Complex Fire has been 33% contained, officials report that the fire has swelled to 141,600 acres while staying one-third contained.

There are now 184 structures reported destroyed, and 15 individuals have been injured.

Total personnel fighting the fire currently sits at 1,422, and the total cost involved with the fire currently sits at $44.1 million.

SQF Complex swells to 137k acres, containment up to 33%

9/21/20, 9:59 p.m.: One-third of the SQF Complex – a two-pronged fire area around Sequoia National Park – is contained, CAL FIRE announced Monday night.

The blaze, however, has grown to 137,500 acres with 150 structures destroyed.

In total, 1,440 firefighters and support personnel are on-the-ground battling in the SQF Complex.


Kings Canyon closes due to SQF Fire

9/18/20, 8:25 a.m.: With an increase of about 6,000 acres overnight, the SQF Complex Fire now totals 128,902 acres. 

Despite the growth of the fire, officials report Thursday morning that the containment remains at 12%. 

Thursday evening, Kings Canyon National Park closed its doors due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality. 

The closure comes after Sequoia National Park closed on Sep. 15. Park officials say they expect Kings Canyon to remain closed at least through the weekend and will reopen when conditions improve.

SQF Complex Fire increases slightly overnight

9/17/20, 9:10 a.m.: The SQF Complex Fire increased to 122,835 acres overnight, while the total containment holds at 12%. 

Total personnel fighting the fire increased by about 150 Wednesday to total 1,153 Thursday morning, fire officials report. 

Officials announce that they will conduct structure damage assessments when it is safe to enter the area impacted by the fire. 

Fire officials will contact homeowners once the assessments are completed, and homeowners need to complete a form to provide contact information. 

SQF grows, containment holds at 12 percent

9/16/20, 9:35 a.m.: The SQF Complex Fire grew by about 7,000 acres to total 114,320 Wednesday morning. 

Fire officials report that the SQF Fire is still contained at 12%, and they expect to have it fully contained by Sep. 30. 

The total personnel fighting the fire is 1,001, officials report. 

Containment of SQF hits 12 percent

9/15/20, 11:59 a.m. – The SQF Complex – comprised of the Castle and Shotgun fires – currently sits at 107,101 acres consumed, according to U.S. Forest Service data.

Thus far, 12 percent of the combined fires have been contained by an active duty crew of 819 firefighters. 104 structures have been destroyed since the fires ignited in late August.

The Interior Department issued a full closure of Sequoia National Park due to the spread of the Castle Fire.

Evacuation orders for Three Rivers were issued Monday afternoon by Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. The orders cover the areas of Three Rivers south and east from Highway 198, east to south of the Fork Campground, which includes South Fork Drive, Horn, Cahoon Mountain and roads adjacent to the area.

The San Joaquin Valley Sun
Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.