Jordan Fire

By Ashley Fike
Kern Valley Sun

The Jordan Fire was discovered on June 9, 2019, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness near Jordan Hot Springs in the 2002 McNally Fire footprint. Smoke was visible in the Kern River Valley following its ignition. The fire grew to 523 acres before stopping growth due to completed fire control lines and reduced fire behavior.

The U.S. Forest Service released a final incident update on Monday, June 17:

“With fire line construction complete, crews continue to extinguish hot spots adjacent to the line with the aid of water dropping helicopters. Continued warm and dry weather cautions fire managers to keep a limited number of firefighters on the fire to guard against increased fire activity. Fire crews no longer required on the Jordan Fire are being flown back to Lone Pine Incident Command Post to start the demobilization process. After showers, clean uniforms and necessary paperwork, crews will be released to head home to rest and prepare for their next assignment.

Photos courtesy of USFS
Forest Service crews fight the Jordan Fire burning in the Inyo National Forest.

“Logistical support of firefighters is critical to their efficiency, safety and wellness. Equipment like hose, pumps, fittings, fuel cans, and food storage boxes are sent from centralized fire warehouses to the fire base camp then on to the fire lines. Replacement items such as fire-resistant clothing and gloves are available to firefighters when they return to base camp. Batteries, chain saw gas and oil and other expendable supplies along with food and medical supplies are sent out to the spike camps near the fire lines. Every item is ordered, received, dispersed and accounted for by Logistics Section Chief Doug Winn and his staff. Medical Support is provided by Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics on the fire lines responding to any illness or injury and providing medical supplies like foot powder, sunscreen and medications. Timely and complete logistic support has been critical to meeting the control objectives of the Jordan Fire.

“Incident Commander Todd McDivitt said, ‘I am proud of the hard work and professionalism of the men and women who responded to this early season, high elevation fire. This first major fire of the year in California is a good test of our readiness for what will likely be another long fire season throughout the western United States.’ Command of the Jordan Fire will transition to an Inyo National Forest Type 4 organization on Wednesday.”