Aspen Fire Update #5--July 26, 2013 7:00 AM
Incident: Aspen Fire Wildfire
ASPEN FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Saturday, July 27, 2013/Time: 7:00 AM
Acres Burned: 6693 Structures Threatened: 3
Containment: 10% Structures Damaged: 0
Fire Start Date: July 22, 2013 Injuries: 0
Fire Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 1012
Cost to date: $2.8 million
- The Aspen Fire was discovered on July 22, 2013. The Fire is located within the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County and is approximately seven miles North of Big Creek. It is currently burning off Stump Springs Road, North of Aspen Springs.
- The cause of the Aspen Fire has been determined to be lightning. On the weekend of July 20, 2013, The Sierra National Forest - High Sierra Ranger District, received a significant amount of lightning activity which resulted in 15 separate wildfires. The Aspen Fire is the largest of these lightning caused fires.
- Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
- Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, fire crews are using a tactic called indirect attack which creates control lines away from the fires active edge. Air resources, including several helicopters and air tankers are being utilized along the fire-line to slow the forward progress of the fire and to cool down hot spots. As the situation changes and firefighters can safely gain access to the fire, a more direct attack will be implemented.
- Smoke from the Aspen Fire continues to impact air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke are advised to remain indoors and keep windows closed to minimize exposure to smoke. For more information regarding smoke visit: www.valleyair.org
- The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Aspen Fire at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The team is working with the Sierra National Forest to manage the fire suppression efforts.
Road and Trail Closures
Stump Springs Road is closed to all traffic due to fire suppression activity.
Minarets Road (4S81) from Fish Creek to Jackass Rock Organization Campground, Grizzly at Beasore Road to Minarets Road are closed to the public. Residents within the road closure are allowed into the area with valid identification.
Per the U.S. Forest Service Closure Order Number 15-13-09, all trails within the Kaiser Wilderness are closed.
Additional campground closures went in to affect today as a precautionary measure. Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest are as follows:
Sample Meadow West Kaiser
Jackass Rock Organization Lower Chiquito
Little Jackass Soda Springs
Placer Sweet Water
China Bar Rock Creek
Rancheria Badger Flat
Midge Creek Mammoth Pool
Fish Creek Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort
Cooperating Agencies include
The U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, U.S. Department of Defense, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Fresno County Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Southern California Edison, PG&E, California Conservation Corp.
For more information on this press release or if you have questions regarding the information, please contact the Aspen Fire Information line at (559) 893-7018. Updated information can also be obtained at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3552/ or by following the Sierra National Forest Twitter Account:@sierra_nf