US Forest Service
The Kern River Ranger District (KRRD) of the Sequoia National Forest received thunderstorm activity over the Kern Plateau during the first week in August. In the days that followed, Sequoia’s Engine 41, stationed at the Blackrock Station, discovered the lightning caused Broder Fire and reported the smoke at approximately 9:00 a.m. on August 8, 2019.
The fire area found its start in steep, rocky terrain burning in timber litter, standing dead snags and brush, at 8,600 feet in elevation. The fire was monitored while a suppression strategy was developed.
Full suppression strategies were initiated on August 13 under a Type-3 Incident Management organization stationed out of the Blackrock Ranger Station.
This suppression strategy consists of keeping the fire contained by utilizing roads, trails, ridges, and natural barriers and constructing hand lines to connect those existing features.
Fire growth has been moderate as firefighters monitor and scout for potential containment lines and utilize ignition operations to help in securing the fire only as safety and weather permit. Presently the Broder is 235 acres and 10 percent contained. 63 personnel representing air and ground resources are assigned to the fire.
Crews have been spiked out at a remote location of 7,800 feet and above. Due to the location of this fire, Sequoia Helicopter #523 is assigned and being used for supporting the crews, with bucket drops, resupplying spiked ground crews, and providing emergency evacuation – should the need arise.
Smoke impacts have been good to moderate in the Kennedy Meadows area, with smoke lifting by mid-morning hours. No road or trail closures are in place, however “WARNING” signs have been placed strategically on trails and public boards, to advise the public of fire operations.
Fire managers are working closely with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, as well as an assigned Air Resources Advisor.
For further information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or the Lake Isabella Ranger Station at (760) 379-5646, Monday-Friday.
**A Type 3 Team is used for extended incidents. It is formed and managed at the local, state or tribal level and includes a designated team of trained personnel from different departments, organizations, agencies and jurisdictions.