Shirley Complex Now at 100% Containment
Incident: Shirley Complex Wildfire
Jeanne Pincha – Tulley, Incident Commander for California Team 3, and Al Watson, District Ranger for the Sequoia National Forest Kern River Ranger District announced this afternoon that as of noon today, the large fires in the Shirley Complex are now 100% contained. When these fires were ignited by lightning on Sunday night, they had extreme potential for growth and were threatening several communities. However, rain on Monday night, followed by aggressive firefighting, kept the Shirley Fire and the Tenant Fire small, at less than 500 acres each.
There will continue to be interior burning within the fire perimeters, and smoke will continue to be visible, but these fires are no longer a threat to local communities. The forest closure for the areas around the fires will remain in place temporarily since hazards such as falling trees and smoldering stumps are still present and crews will still be working on mop up and rehabilitation.
However, the air is clear with only small traces of smoke, and nearly all of the world class recreational opportunities on the Kern River Ranger District and vicinity were not affected by the fires. Camping, mountain bike riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, and special traditional events are some of the many activities that attract visitors year round.
For those who do come to enjoy the spectacular mountains, streams, and valleys, please remember that fire restrictions are in effect. Campfires and barbeques are not currently allowed due to fire danger, although gas stoves are permissible in designated areas with a permit. Permits can be requested at any Forest Service office.
Non-fire related road closures may also be in effect in the area. Please check the Caltrans website at http://www.dot.ca.gov/ or call 1-800-427-7623 for information prior to travel .
The more than 500 firefighters that worked on the Shirley Complex would like to express their sincere gratitude to the residents and businesses in the Kern Valley for their heartfelt support.