Aspen Fire Update #2--July 25, 2013 8:00 PM
Incident: Aspen Fire Wildfire
For Immediate Release Date: July 25, 2013 Time: 8:00 PM Fire Update #2
Location: Sierra National Forest- seven miles North of Big Creek
Acres Burned: 2,500
Structures Threatened: 3
Structures Destroyed: 0
Fire Started: July 23, 2013
Cause: Lightning Caused
Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 678
Estimated Cost to Date: $1.5 million
- The Aspen Fire was discovered on July 23, 2013. The Fire is located within the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County. It is currently burning off Stump Springs Road, North of Aspen Springs.
- The fire cause of the Aspen Fire has been determined to be lightning. On weekend of July 20, 2013, The Sierra National Forest - High Sierra Ranger District, received a significant amount of lightning activity which resulted in 15 separate wildfires. The Aspen Fire is the largest of these lightning caused fires.
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- The fire burned actively throughout the day. Fire crews will continue to construct handlines and aircraft will be utilized when possible. Visibility is hampering aircraft activity. Heavy smoke and steep terrain makes access to the fire difficult.
- Smoke from the Aspen Fire continues to impact air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke are advised 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 PM on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The team is working with the Sierra National Forest to manage the fire suppression efforts.
- Cooperating Agencies include: The US Forest Service; Fresno County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol.
Road and Trail Closures:
- Stump Springs Road. Trail closures in the Kaiser Wilderness with the public being warned of the dangers of hiking trails in proximity of the fire.
Additional campground closures went in to affect today as a precautionary measure. Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest are as follows:
- Sample Meadow
- West Kaiser
- Jackass Rock Organization
- Lower Chiquito
- Little Jackass
- Soda Springs
- Sweet Water
- China Bar
- Rock Creek
- Badger Flat
- Midge Creek
The fire information number has changed to (559) 893-7018. Updated information can also be obtained at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3552/ or by following the Sierra National Forest Twitter Account:@sierra_nf