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Type: Report
Author(s): Alicia L. Reiner; Jennifer Anderson; Carol M. Ewell; Amy Ziegler
Publication Date: 2017

Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) Summary Report for the 2017 Schaeffer Fire, located on the Sequoia National Forest, including measurements and observations of fuels, vegetation, weather, fire behavior, and fire effects. The Schaeffer Fire was first detected during the afternoon of June 24, 2017, at 2.2 miles N/NW of Schaeffer Mountain on the Kern River Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest (Figure 1). This lightning-caused fire started after a winter of very heavy snowpack, and a dry and warm June. Temperatures in the two weeks preceding the fire were much above normal – 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in the third week of June. An important feature of this fire is the effect of three (at least partial) stand replacing fires since the mid1970s: the Flat Fire (1975), Bonita Fire (1977), and the McNally Fire (2002). The McNally Fire was much larger than the Flat or Bonita Fires, and in fact included a reburn of some areas burned by the 1970s fires. The McNally Fire consumed much of the standing and downed dead trees within these older fire footprints (Figure 2). Post-fire salvage logging and reforestation work has also affected the fuel profile of the Schaeffer Fire area; the past fires resulted in areas of high loadings of dead, standing and downed trees left by the McNally Fire, as well as shrub fields with much less dead woody fuel after being burned both in the 1970s and in 2002.

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Citation: Reiner, Alicia L. et al. 2017. 2017 Scaeffer Fire, Sequoia National Forest: An Assessment of Fuels and Fire Behavior. USDA Forest Service Fire Behavior Assessment Team. 14 p.

Cataloging Information

  • 2017 Schaeffer Fire
  • California
  • Sequoia National Forest
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FRAMES Record Number: 63928