Aspen Fire Update #1--July 25, 2013 10:00 AM
Incident: Aspen Fire Wildfire
For Immediate Release Date: July 25, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM Fire Update #1
Location: Sierra National Forest- seven miles north of Big Creek
Structures Threatened: 3
Structures Destroyed: 0
Fire Started: July 23, 2013
Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 445
- The Aspen Fire started July 23, 2013. in Fresno County. It is currently in burning near below Stump Springs Road north of Aspen Springs.
- The fire has been determined to be caused by lightning. During the past weekend The Sierra National Forest- High Sierra Ranger District received significant lightning activity resulting in 15 wildfires. The Aspen Fire is the largest of these lightning fires.
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- The fire burned actively through the evening. Fire crews will continue to construct handlines and aircraft will be utilized when possible. Visibility is hampering aircraft activity. Heavy smoke and steep terrain are making access to the fire difficult.
- Smoke from the Aspen Fire will impact air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke are suggested to remain indoors and keep windows closed, to minimize exposure to smoke. For more information regarding smoke visit: www.valleyair.org
- The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Aspen Fire at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The team will work with the Sierra National Forest to manage suppression efforts.
- Cooperating Agencies include: the US Forest Service; Fresno County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol.
- Stump Springs Road
- Sample Meadow and West Kaiser Campgrounds
Fire Information: High Sierra Ranger District- (559) 855-5355 or Clovis- (559) 297-0706.