The Fish Fire was discovered on August 23rd burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. The cause of the fire is lightning from the storms on August 18-19th.
An area closure will soon be in place in the Golden Trout Wilderness between Burnt Corral Meadow and the Kern River, south of the Kern Ranger Station in neighboring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Backcountry users planning trips to the Golden Trout Wilderness are asked to call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 ext. -0- for latest information on trail closures.
Smoke: Residents of the Kern River Valley are being affected by smoke from the Fish Fire; smoke typically flows down the Kern River Canyon from fires in the Wilderness. Smoke concentrations can be avoided by following a few simple rules. Close windows, doors, and outside vents when it is smoky to prevent accumulations indoors. Run your air conditioner, if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and keep the filter clean. Ventilate your home and work place during periods of little smoke. Avoid physical activities while smoke is dense.
Update 9/05/13 0900: 2,060 acres 97% contained. Sanders, Type 3 IC.
Update 9/03/13 1900: 2,060 acres 92% contained. Sanders, Type 3 IC.
Update 8/29/13 0900: 2,050 acres 25% contained; Reidy, NM IMT 2
Threat to Trout Meadows Guard Station, private and FS cabins, Cultural Resources, Little Kern Golden Trout and Trout Meadows trail.
Three large spot fires between eastern flank and the Kern River burned and due to accessibility and size will require a change in tactics for the eastern flank of the fire.
Update 8/25/13 0900: 1,000 acres 5%, Southwest Incident Management Type 2 Team (Reidy) Assigned. Southwest Incident management Type 2 Team (Reidy) took control of the fire at 0600 hours today. Fire behavior moderated during the night.
Resources: includes 2 helicopters, 3 hand crews, one air attack and 4 air tankers. Additional resources are on order; however there is a shortage of firefighters and equipment due to the numerous fires throughout the western United States.