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Sunday, July 5, 2015

CA-SQF Grey Fire: Lightning Caused Wildland Fire Golden Trout Wilderness #CAFire

Grey Fire - Wilderness Wildland Fire - Golden Trout Wilderness

Grey Fire Golden Trout Wilderness 
Credit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Lightning strikes ignited a dozen new fires across the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument over the past few days. The “Grey Fire” is the largest at four acres, and is burning near Grey Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness approximately 15 miles northeast of Springville on the Western Divide Ranger District.

Road Closures: At this time there are no trail or road closures in the Western Divide Ranger District. Firefighters will work to suppress all of the lightning caused fires as safely and quickly as possible. Storms continue to pass through the southern sierra mountains and bring the threat of lightning and more fires.

Update 7/4/2015, 1545: 4 acres,
Total Personnel 60, Crews are using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST)
Three hand crews are currently working on the Grey Fire to stop its growth. Crews are using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) because they are in a wilderness area. Firefighters will suppress the fire with the least impact to the land. They will stop the spread to contain it within a designated perimeter boundary made up of natural barriers, and remain onsite to ensure it stays within that boundary.

Incident Type: Wilderness Wildland Fire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday July 03rd, 2015 approx. 07:00 AM
Location Golden Trout Wilderness, one mile north of Grey Meadow
GPS: 36.186 latitude, -118.501 longitude
Incident Commander Robert Benik



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