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Friday, August 23, 2013

CA-SQF-Fish Fire,2,060 acres 97% contained. Sanders, Type 3 IC. Golden Trout Wilderness, Tulare County #CaFire

Fish Fire, CA-SQF-3295, Sequoia National Forest. Golden Trout Wilderness, Tulare County

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 1900: 2,060 acres 90% contained
Update 8/29/13 0900: 2,060 acres 75% contained
Update 8/29/13 1900: 2 2,060 acres 40% contained Reidy, NM IMT  no expected containment date given. 
Update 8/29/13 0900: 2,050 acres 25% contained; Reidy, NM IMT 2
Update 8/28/13 1900: 2,050 acres 25% contained; per 209 no expected containment date given. Reidy, NM IMT 2
Update 8/28/13 0900: 2,000 acres 7% contained, No expected containment
Update 8/27/13 1900: 2,000 acres 7% contained, No expected containment
The fire will spread primarily to the northwest, toward Angora Mountain, east towards Trout Meadows and northeast towards Hole in the Ground.
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 8/26/13 1900: 1,650 acres 7% contained, No expected containment
Short passive crown runs, group and single tree torching.
Crews will continue direct and indirect line construction along Trout Meadows with the support of air resources. On the west side, crews will continue along the Great Western Divide. Scout and prepare indirect line east of Trout Meadows.
An area closure for the Golden Trout Wilderness has been established for the affected fire area.
Update 8/25/13 1900: 1,450 acres 7% contained, No expected containment
Supplying crews in the Golden Trout Wilderness will require a combination of pack strings and helicopter shuttle. Problems include adequate space for helicopters to work safely and effectively in cargo delivery. Pack strings will require logistical support. Timely removal of injured personnel is a concern. Difficulty of terrain and extremely dry fuels will add to control problems.
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.

Location: Golden Trout Wilderness, Inyo Forest, Kern County, 50 miles Northeast of Springville
Reported Date/time: *
IA:  40-50 acres
ROS: *
ROC: 40-50 acres
Cause: Lightning
Structure Threats: *
Concerns: Poor Access in the Wilderness
Total Personnel: 118 - Incident Commander Ernie Villa
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.
Cooperating Agencies: *
Weather Info: *
Special Conditions: *
Other Comments: *
Radio Frequencies: *
Maps: *
Agency Website: *
Online Scanner: *
Live Video: *
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