A new wildland fire called the Angora Fire was discovered around noon on Sunday September 8th burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. The Angora Fire has now reached an estimated 150 acres and is burning towards the ridge top near Angora Mountain.
Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities throughout the day and is likely to settle into the valleys overnight and in the morning hours. Information on air quality and measures you can take at home to reduce your exposure to smoke can be found on http://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District or http://www.gbuapcd.org/ for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.
Resources: Two hotshot crews Springville and Fulton along with 10 smokejumpers out of the Porterville Air Attack base are working to fully suppress the fire Sunday night. An additional two hotshot crews Kern Valley and Horseshoe Meadow will be flown into the fire first thing Monday morning. Helicopters from Kernville and Peppermint are shuttling crews to the fire which is burning in the backcountry where there is no road access.
An Air Attack plane is directing six Air Tankers in dropping retardant to help slow the spread of the fire while crews on the ground construct fire line in an effort to contain it. The cause of the Angora Fire is believed to be lightning.
Closures: Forest officials anticipate the need to close the Deep Creek Trail (32E05) east of Lion Meadow travelling north to Coyote Peaks due to the Angora Fire. Additional trail closures may be put in place if this Fire continues to spread. Backcountry travelers planning a trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness should contact the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for latest fire and trail closure information prior to travel.
The area closure put in place during the Fish Fire was mostly re-opened late Friday except Trail 33E14 the Willow Meadow cutoff trail which remains closed. Travelers need to stay on the trails near the Fish Fire area for their safety. There are still hot spots smoldering in the burned area trees that may fall having been weakened by fire and rolling debris loosened from burned vegetation.
This will be the final report on this incident. Type 3 Incident Sanders
Update 9-14-13 0800: 255,858 acres, 80% contained
Resources will continue to patrol, mop-up, and monitor all areas of the fire perimeter. Implementation of the Suppression Repair Plan will continue.
Plan is to continue to construct direct handline and hold and improve line which is already completed.
Update 9-11-13 0800: 150 acres 70% contained, Type 3 Incident Sanders .
Update 9-10-13 0800: 111 acres 20% containment Isolated torching, fire growth was minimal; most of the fuel consumption was from spots burning together. Continue handline construction with aircraft support.
Update 9-9-13 1800: 111 acres 20% containment, Type 3 Incident Sanders
Incident Type: Wildfire
Location: Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest
Incident Commander: David Ernst
Total Personnel - 80
Size - 150 acres
Outlook/Remarks - Golden Trout Wilderness, no road access, Fire is burning out in the Wilderness and does not pose a threat to campgrounds or roads most often travelled by visitors.