Alisal Fire – 10/12/2021

We are covering the Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County. If this is your first visit to our site, please check out the About The Lookout page. This site provides wildfire intelligence and commentary. We are not affiliated with any organized fire department — this is unofficial information collated from public data sources. If you … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/11/2021

KNP COMPLEX *** 7:00am on October 11 –  Ryan Stephens: The fire grew by one acre last night. Unless conditions change, today will be my last day covering fire progression for the KNP Complex. *** 9:50pm on October 10 – IR Interpreter’s Log: MAP KEY: RED perimeter line to WHITE perimeter line showing one acre … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/8/2021

KNP COMPLEX *** 7am on October 8 – Ryan Stephens: With a heavy heart we’re reposting a special announcement that came out from the KNP Complex yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. *** 9:45pm on October 7 – Special announcement from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks *** October 7 Progression … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/6/2021

KNP COMPLEX By Ryan Stephens ***10:30am on October 6 – Operational update reported slopover near North Fork Drive in the area of Advance. Looking southeast toward Advance (lower left) and Three Rivers (center right). Today’s Ops Map ***10:00am on October6  – Today’s operational update video from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. ***9:50pm on October … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/5/2021

KNP COMPLEX Intel & Commentary by Chuck Ervin  *****  Maps & Captions Ryan Stephens ***11:30am on October 10 ~ Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks KNP Complex Facebook Update: A Virtual Community Meeting will be held at 7pm tonight at https://www.facebook.com/SequoiaKingsNPS/live_videos Active fire behavior was observed over most of the fire yesterday, making a run as … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/4/2021

KNP COMPLEX Maps and commentary by Ryan Stephens *** 7am on October 4 ~ IR interpreters log book appears to have inconsistencies. Time and date for the flight last night is unreliable/unknown. Overview looking northeast over the KNP Complex: The Key in the upper left corner of the map explains color shading in regards to … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/3/2021

KNP COMPLEX Maps and commentary by Ryan Stephens Overview looking northeast over the KNP Complex: The Key in the upper left corner of the map explains color shading in regards to heat intensity within the KNP Complex perimeter. Red dots show isolated heat. White perimeter line around the fire was yesterday’s fire perimeter. Giant Sequoia Groves are … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/2/2021

KNP COMPLEX Maps and commentary by Ryan Stephens *** 9:32pm on October 1 ~ IR interpreter’s log   Overview looking northeast over the KNP Complex: The Key in the upper left corner of the map explains color shading in regards to heat intensity within the KNP Complex perimeter. Red dots show isolated heat. White perimeter … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 10/1/2021

KNP COMPLEX Maps and commentary by: Ryan Stephens ***Noon on October 1  ~ KNP Complex Weather Update by Incident Meteorologist Jason Straub Watch the weather update here. ***10am on October 1 ~ Morning briefing video from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Watch today’s briefing here. ***9:30pm on September 30 ~ Sequoia and Kings Canyon … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/30/2021

KNP evening update 500-600 acre spotfire reported across the north fork of the Kaweah RIver ***9:30pm on September 30 ~ Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks KNP Complex Facebook Update KNP Complex Fire Announcement: Ground and air resources are currently responding to a 500-600 acre spot fire that has crossed the north fork of the … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/29/2021

SOUTHERN SIERRA FIRES MAP KEY: The RED shaded areas at center of the map are our current Windy and KNP fire perimeters, The Tule River Reservation is shaded BROWN, Giant Sequoia Groves are shaded LIGHT GREEN, the past 10 years of Rx fires are shaded DARK BLUE, and LIGHT BLUE shows the past 20 years … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/28/2021

WINDY FIRE Commentary by Sequoia National Forest  –  Lookout Maps and Captions by Ryan Stephens LOOKOUT MAP KEY: Windy Fire footprint – RED PERIMETER LINE to WHITE LINE shows approximately 24 hours of growth, RED DOTS are isolated heat sources, Tule River Reservation is SHADED BROWN, Giant Sequoia Groves are SHADED GREEN, all of the … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/27/2021

7am on September 27, 2021 – Weather update for the Southern Sierra Fires Below is a Tweet from an Incident Meteorologist regarding a weather shift that could have significant impacts on the South Sierra fires: Change is on the horizon, literally. A cold front will bring stronger transport flow later today & Tuesday. It will … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/26/2021

***September 26 at 11:30am, Commentary from Chuck Ervin Windy mid-day update. While I was writing on KNP this morning, the Windy was making a major push up toward Tobias Peak.  About 4:30am the fire overran the communication site at Tobias peak, visible on the remote cameras stationed there.  It appears from the timelapse footage that … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/25/2021

WINDY FIRE Commentary by Chuck Ervin  *****  Maps and Captions by Ryan Stephens 11am update from a knowledgeable local via wildfireintel.org: Pretty quiet this morning in Pine Flat. Fire made it to the northwest part of the community near Flying T and Rocking K yesterday, but there were no issues. Tons of resources remain in … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/24/2021

KNP COMPLEX Commentary by Chuck Ervin  *****  Maps and Captions by Ryan Stephens   Overview Map – IR Flight – September 23 – 11:11pm: Overview of 24 hour fire growth looking east. MAP LAYERS: Giant Sequoia Groves are Shaded GREEN. The area between red and white lines around the perimeter of the fire show roughly … Read more

Fawn Fire – 9/24/2021 Morning Update

Good morning, Our latest intel from the Fawn Fire is infrared mapping flights from 9:40pm on September 23. The white line is where fire was at noon on September 23. Yellow line is 1pm, first red line is 6pm, and outermost line from 9:40pm. Here are still images of the same information from the video. … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/23/2021

KNP Complex Commentary by Chuck Ervin  *****  Maps and Captions by Ryan Stephens: Today’s Operations Map   Alexander Pincus IR interpreters log, September 22 at 11:55pm: Observed perimeter growth along the majority of the western and northern sides of the perimeter. Several smaller fingers advancing past the perimeter to the east and south. MAP LAYERS: … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/22/2021

Windy Fire – September 22, 2021 Let’s take a look at today’s briefing map: _______________ Maps and Captions by Ryan Stephens with commentary by Chuck Ervin Ryan Stephens: IR was back in the air last night and today we have the maps to prove it! So far, the fire has reached into five giant sequoia … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/21/2021

9/21/2021 at 6am KNP COMPLEX Today’s Briefing Map IR Interpreter’s log Jeremy Hurd: Minor growth to perimeter, with the most significant in the SSW areas. Center of the perimeter continues to show some isolated heat sources as the scattered heat continues to withdraw toward the outer perimeters. Below are maps of the KNP Complex burning … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/20/2021

9/20/2021 at 6am Briefing Map KNP Complex – Maps by Ryan Stephens, with commentary by Chuck Ervin. Below are maps of the KNP Complex burning in Sequoia National Park made from infrared data captured at 2306PDT (11:06pm) on September 19. IR Interpreter Alex Pincus log: Significant growth in the NNW section. Perimeter slightly grew to … Read more

Southern Sierra Fires – 9/16/2021

The fires burning in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and on the Tule River Indian Reservation are a bit outside our territory, but as Caldor and Dixie Fires wind down, we have some bandwidth to post the heat maps. I (Zeke) am a Northern Sierra kid and not familiar with this part of the world … Read more

Northern California Fire Weather and Fuels

UPDATE: 9/15/2021, 1:35pm Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Sacramento CA 134 PM PDT Wed Sep 15 2021 .SYNOPSIS… Chances of moisture (not a bunch) increasing with best chances on Sunday. Cooling definitely on track with coolest day Sunday. Some gusty winds possible early next with temperatures slowly rising. && .DISCUSSION… The cooling trend has … Read more

Lassen Park and Caribou Wilderness Fire Severity – 9/11/2021

Getting the Wildfire Story Wrong We have been hearing a lot of people express concern about the amount of acreage burned in Lassen Volcanic National Park during the Dixie Fire. Part of this is the fault of sloppy reporting and articles by nationally respected publications that are getting the story wrong. This is common. Our … Read more

Caldor and Dixie Fires – 9/13/2021

Good morning. The Dixie and Caldor heat maps showed no significant new growth overnight. Caldor, mapped at 11pm on September 12, had minor spread to the north near Kirkwood and some heat in Upper Strawberry Creek. Operations maps for today are show the south side of Echo Lake as being fully contained. At 8pm on 9/12/2021, … Read more

Caldor Fire – 9/12/2021 Update

Hello everyone! I got pulled into a long day in the field for an in-depth story about the Dixie Fire, so our Caldor Fire coverage took a hit. I do post brief updates on Twitter @wildland_zko when I don’t have time for a full post here, so give me a follow there. Thanks to our contributor … Read more