Sunday, October 26, 2008

CA-SQF-Moses fire - High elevation Fire - 2 acres in size

The Moses Fire Monitored with High-Tech Cameras

Springville, CA., October 22, 2008...Fire Officials are using high quality cameras to monitor the fire. The cameras are placed in strategic locations so fire officials can monitor the smoke and fires growth. Cameras placed on ridge tops have been utilized internally by the Forest Service over the past several years to monitor fire activity. In this case, however, a camera was placed specifically to monitor the Moses Fire and is now available to the public.

The public can view the fire from one of the cameras by going to the Sequoia National Forest web-site and then click on the Jordan Peak link under "LIVE WEB CAMERA" in the box on the right hand side of the web-page.

The Moses fire was discovered on October 14th and is burning at an elevation of 8,000 feet in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument. The fire poses little threat to any non-Federal lands.

Priscilla Summers, District Ranger, has decided the appropriate management response for the Moses fire is to monitor the fire from a distance rather than place personnel in the steep and rocky terrain on the fire's edge. Forest officials have been coordinating with Park officials from nearby Sequoia National Park. There is a possibility that the fire could expand and reach the Park boundary prior to fall rains and snow.

The Moses fire is currently 2 acres in size and is burning slowly. The fire’s growth is expected to be minimal. Smoke is visible intermittently from Yokohl Valley Drive near the community of Springville and from Road 276 in Frazier Valley.

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