Aspen Fire Update #27--August 7, 2013 7:00 AM
Incident: Aspen Fire Wildfire
ASPEN FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Wednesday, August 7, 2013/Time: 7:00 AM
Acres Burned: 21,930 Structures Threatened: 0
Containment: 75% Structures Damaged: 0
Fire Start Date: 7/22/2013 Injuries: 3
Fire Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 1,474
Cost to date: $25 million
- The Fire is located within the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County and is approximately seven miles North of Big Creek. It is currently burning off Stump Springs Road, North of Aspen Springs. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is in command of the Aspen Fire.
- The inversion layer will again increase smoke accumulation in the low laying areas and especially, in the Huntington and Shaver Lake areas.
- Recreation and businesses remain open in the Shaver Lake, Big Creek, Huntington Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Florence Lake and Mono Hot Springs on the Sierra National Forest. June Lake, Mammoth Lakes, and Rock Creek areas remain open on the Inyo National Forest.
- Badger Flats Campground is now open to the public. Midge Campground will open on today at 12:00 PM.
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- Fire crews will continue mopping up 100 to 200 feet along the fires perimeter, where it is safe to do so. Areas of the fire are now in a patrol status. Fire crews are using Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) along the fires edge, burning in the Kaiser Wilderness. With crews gaining the upper hand on the incident, crews are being demobilized and made available for re-assignment, if needed.
- Resource advisors are working with suppression crews on fire suppression repair efforts of fire lines within the fires perimeter. The objective of fire suppression repair is to prevent the use of fire lines as trails which may cause confusion with correct route finding. Repair also helps minimize erosion and sediment movement on and around the fire line. As crews continue to gain containment of the Aspen Fire, rehabilitation will become a high priority.
- Smoke from the Aspen Fire continues to impact air quality in local communities, but should lessen as the fire containment grows. Crews focused on mopping up and patrolling the fires perimeter. Fire crews are also being sensitive to environmental and cultural resources in and around the fire area and working closely with resource officers to identify sensitive areas.
An air quality monitoring device has been installed at the Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Station. The device will provide smoke data from the Aspen Fire to the air resource advisor and the area air pollution control districts.
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
Road and Trail Closures
Stump Springs Road is closed to all traffic due to fire suppression activity. Minarets Road (4S81) from Fish Creek to Jackass Rock Organization Campground, Grizzly at Beasore Road to Minarets Road are closed to the public. Residents within the road closure are allowed into the area with valid identification.
Per the U.S. Forest Service Closure Order Number 15-13-09, all trails within the Kaiser Wilderness are closed.
Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest are as follows:
Sample Meadow West Kaiser
Jackass Rock Organization Lower Chiquito
Little Jackass Soda Springs
Placer Sweet Water
China Bar Rock Creek
Mammoth Pool Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort
The following campground remains closed to house firefighters:
Cooperating agencies include
The U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, U.S. Department of Defense, National Weather Service, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Fresno County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Southern California Edison, PG&E, California Conservation Corp.
For information, please contact Aspen Fire Information line at (559) 893-7018, http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3552/ or by following the Sierra National Forest Twitter Account:@sierra_nf