A wildfire was reported around 1600 hours PDT today in the Sequoia National Forest. The RP reported the fire just above Camp 3 Campground along Mountain 99 and on the west side of the Kern River, directly across from Thunderbird.
Forest Service Firefighters along with the Kern County Fire Department responded with a large number of resources including engines, crews, helicopters and Airtankers along with 90 personnel.
The fire located across the Kern River needed to be accessed by boats, but appears the water level dropped enough for firefighters to manuever across the water on foot reaching the site.
Grass and brush are burning with a total containment of five  acres.
A fire crew will remain on scene overnight with additional crews to replace them on Thursday, April 21, 2015.
The cause is under investigation.
ABOUT SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
The Sequoia National Forest is a National Park in the Southern Sierra Nevada and East of Visalia, California in the United States. It is known as the “Land of Giants” referring to its large-sized trees.
Established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,064 acres of approximately 631 square miles. The two parks: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).
The park is famous for its gigantic trees including the General Sherman tree, considered to be one of the largest trees on this Planet Earth. It grows in the Giant Forest, which is said to contain five out of the largest tree growths in this world.
It is popular with visitors who love to hike, fish, camp and backpack.
Interested in visiting the Parks? Here are some helpful links to find what you are looking for to have the best experience and to have the most fun, while being safe within the National Forest.
Condition Reports: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/currentcond.htm
Fees & Passes: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Fires In the Park: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/firevisit.htm
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