Fighting fire with fire in Sequoia National Forest


SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — A wildfire burning about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, in the Sequoia National Forest is 33% contained, fire officials said. Crews are now fighting it by starting controlled burns of their own.

The SQF Complex Fire is a combination of two wildfires that began in mid-August. It has scorched almost 145,000 acres, authorities said.

The weather, together with the dried grass and trees, added to the challenge of knocking the fire out, NewsNation affiliate KSEE-TV reported.

On Blue Ridge Road, just north of Mountain Road 270, firing operations begun this week and crews have started a controlled burn.

“Today and tomorrow they’re doing the firing operations,” Orange County Fire Authority’s Stephen Horner said Tuesday. “They’re using different mechanical devices, as well as some drip torches, to be able to control that area in order to meet up with what we call the black, which is the area that is already burned.”

The firing operations mean more smoke will be visible in the air above the SQF Complex Fire, but crews say it’s a sign that they are making progress.

“So we take that unburned along with the burned fuels and we join them together and it slows the burn down,” Horner said.

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