The Aspen Fire was discovered on Monday, July 22 burning on the Sierra National Forest- High Sierra Ranger District. The fire is burning around Stump Springs Road north of Aspen Springs.
Additional resources continue to arrive, assisting in fire suppression. Sierra National Forest initial suppression efforts, crews were able to keep the fire from burning into the Kaiser Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.
The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Aspen Fire at 6:00 P.M. July 24, 2013. The team is working with the Sierra National Forest to manage suppression efforts.
Smoke from the Aspen Fire is impacting air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke are suggested to remain indoors and keep windows closed, to minimize exposure to smoke.
The fire is in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain. There is no imminent threat to the communities of Big Creek or Huntington Lake at this time.
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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, the Kaiser Wilderness is closed.
Additional campground closures went in to affect as a precautionary measure. Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest are as follows:
-Jackass Rock Organization
-Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort
Campgrounds closed to support firefighting efforts:
Timber with mixed chaparral
Fire continued to be active throughout the north and east sides of the fire. Temperature is increasing and humidity decreasing.
The closure of Stump Springs road remains in effect. The Sierra National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order for the Kaiser Wilderness. A precautionary evacuation of campgrounds west of the San Joaquin River on Forest Road 4S81 are in place.
Continue to build and prepare indirect line on the north and east side of the fire.
Fire burned actively last night. Indirect line preparation for firing operations on the east side of the fire. The Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)- DC-10 continues to be utilized on the fire for retardant application. Crews continue to use direct attack when possible.
ASPEN FIRE INFORMATION
Release for Wednesday, July 31, 2013/Time: 7:00 PM
Acres Burned: 14,400 Structures Threatened: 3
Containment: 35% Structures Damaged: 0
Fire Start Date: July 22, 2013 Injuries: 2
Fire Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 1904
Cost to date: $12.8 million
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.
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
Mammoth Pool Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort
The following campgrounds are closed to house firefighters for suppression efforts:
Midge Creek, Badger Flat and Rancheria.
Cooperating agencies include
The U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, U.S. Department of Defense, National Weather Service, 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.