KERNVILLE, Calif., July 3rd, 2017 – As of July 3rd, the Schaeffer Fire in the Kern River Ranger District (KRRD) of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument continued to grow.
The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction within the 2002 McNally wildfire footprint. Burning in whitethorn, dead and down logs and needle cast, the fire has burned nearly 3700 acres and is only at 3% contained. Currently, there are 359 personnel assigned to the fire. Total containment is expected around July 31st.
Smoke is visible from the communities around Lake Isabella as well as drifting across the Sierra Crest and visible along Highway 395, between Olancha and Lone Pine.
The fire was started by a lightening strike, during thunderstorm activity, on June 24th.