The Angora Fire was discovered Sunday September 8th burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. There has been minimal fire growth over the past couple of days. The fire grew to 134 acres and is now 85% contained. Some rain did fall on the fire area from passing storms; crews are making good progress and hope to have the fire 100% contained by 6 p.m. on Friday September 13th.
As firefighters finish securing containment lines and meet rehabilitation guidelines set forth by the Sequoia National Forest crews will begin to be shuttled back to the Incident Command Post. Over the weekend some crews will be flown from the Golden Trout Wilderness by helicopter to begin the process of being released for assignment to new fires. Other crews will remain on the fire line to complete the tasks of mop-up and to minimize the impact of firefighting tactics on the environment.
Several of the spot fires were burning along the edge of the Coyote Lakes Trail (32E05) which posed a serious risk for travelers in the backcountry. Forest officials closed the Coyote Lakes Trail from its intersection with trail 32E02 east of Lion Meadows north to Coyote Peaks. The Deep Creek Trail (32E06) north of 32E02 east of Round Meadow was also closed to keep backpackers from walking into the fire’s path if it had spread towards the west. The Forest anticipates reopening these trails by September 20th if rehabilitation work can be completed and hazards along the trail can be abated.
Trail 33E14 the Willow Meadow cutoff trail remains closed from the Fish Fire. 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; fire weakened trees may fall and debris may become dislodged because of the burnt vegetation.
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. For a map of the closure area for the Angora Fire please look it up this website under maps.
|Date of Origin||Sunday September 08th, 2013 approx. 11:30 AM|
|Location||Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest|
|Incident Commander||David Ernst|
Timber, heavy dead and down
Fire growth minimal, isolated torching, spot fires spreading together
Steep and rugged
Poor access, extremely dry fuels