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Old 07-26-2013, 02:10 PM   #31
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Aspen Fire Grows, Progress Made On Containment

Written by Gina Clugston



EASTERN MADERA COUNTY - The Aspen Fire has now burned 4,789 acres and is 5% contained as of 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26.
The lightning-caused fire started on Tuesday, July 23, and is burning in very steep, difficult terrain, moving generally north and east, with the most activity on the northern part of the fire.

It has not crossed the San Joaquin River into the Madera County side, though precautionary evacuations and traffic control still remain in effect along Mammoth Pool/Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) and Grizzly Road (6S01).
There are currently 993 personnel assigned to the fire which is burning seven miles north of Big Creek. That community is not threatened at this time, according the the Forest Service.

With the 8-15 mph winds blowing some of the smoke out of the area earlier today, and the inversion layer lifting, air operations were able to make progress this afternoon with eight helicopters and six air tankers making drops over the fire.
Crews are working to build handlines, and air resources continue direct attack when conditions allow.
As of this hour, winds are SW 3-8 mph, temperatures 72-83 degrees, and the humidity is 31-41%.
According to radio traffic, there has been one injury and a helicopter is transporting the injured person to Community Regional Medical Center at this time.
The cost to battle to blaze to this point is $2.8 million.
The closure of Stump Springs road remains in effect. There are trail closures in the Kaiser Wilderness.
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
Road Closures
-Stump Springs Road
Roads Open to Residents with Identification:
-Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) from Fish Creek Campground to Jackass Rock Organization Campground
-Grizzly Road (Forest Service Road 6S01) from Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) to Beasore Road
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.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:10 AM   #32
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Aspen Fire Grows, Progress Made On Containment

Written by Gina Clugston



EASTERN MADERA COUNTY - The Aspen Fire has now burned 4,789 acres and is 5% contained as of 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26.
The lightning-caused fire started on Tuesday, July 23, and is burning in very steep, difficult terrain, moving generally north and east, with the most activity on the northern part of the fire.

It has not crossed the San Joaquin River into the Madera County side, though precautionary evacuations and traffic control still remain in effect along Mammoth Pool/Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) and Grizzly Road (6S01).
There are currently 993 personnel assigned to the fire which is burning seven miles north of Big Creek. That community is not threatened at this time, according the the Forest Service.

With the 8-15 mph winds blowing some of the smoke out of the area earlier today, and the inversion layer lifting, air operations were able to make progress this afternoon with eight helicopters and six air tankers making drops over the fire.
Crews are working to build handlines, and air resources continue direct attack when conditions allow.
As of this hour, winds are SW 3-8 mph, temperatures 72-83 degrees, and the humidity is 31-41%.
According to radio traffic, there has been one injury and a helicopter is transporting the injured person to Community Regional Medical Center at this time.
The cost to battle to blaze to this point is $2.8 million.
The closure of Stump Springs road remains in effect. There are trail closures in the Kaiser Wilderness.
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
Road Closures
-Stump Springs Road
Roads Open to Residents with Identification:
-Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) from Fish Creek Campground to Jackass Rock Organization Campground
-Grizzly Road (Forest Service Road 6S01) from Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) to Beasore Road
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.
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Good thing we are going to the eastside next week, the entire Sierra NF is closed!
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:59 AM   #33
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I don't know the area... I want to get to know it

just curious though... is this fire near Mammoth Mtn?
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #34
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No Mammoth Pool is a reservoir about 30 miles west of mammoth on the San Joaquin river drainage but the sierra crest and devils postpile separate them.. if anything the fire will continue heading southeast ... Mammoth Mtn IS however getting a lot of smoke from it... The good thing about this if there is .. is that the area burning has no structures or real destinations just kind of the end of the road..

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Old 07-28-2013, 12:47 PM   #35
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We just got home yesterday from mammoth. the smoke is blowing in in the afternoons only. Very nice in the AM over there. Afternoons are sketchy some days, I think Thursday was the worst we saw with vis down to about 1/4 mile or so,


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No Mammoth Pool is a reservoir about 30 miles west of mammoth on the San Joaquin river drainage but the sierra crest and devils postpile separate them.. if anything the fire will continue heading southeast ... Mammoth Mtn IS however getting a lot of smoke from it... The good thing about this if there is .. is that the area burning has no structures or real destinations just kind of the end of the road..

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Old 07-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #36
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thanks guys.

lets hope they get this under control soon.
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thanks guys.

lets hope they get this under control soon.
Yes, we wouldn't want the smoke to ruin our blue sky next weekend.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:18 PM   #38
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7-31-13 evening update

Release for Wednesday, July 31, 2013/Time: 7:00 PM
Incident Statics

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

Summary

  • 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 South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is in command of the Aspen Fire.
  • The inversion layer continues to cause smoke to accumulate in the low laying areas of the fire which hampers visibility of firefighters on the ground and in the air. As the smoke clears in the early afternoon, a more defined smoke column(s) may be seen from several miles away. As the evening progresses, the inversion returns causing the smoke to return into the lower levels.
  • Recreation and businesses remain open in the Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Florence Lake and the Mono Hot Springs areas.
Fire Update
  • Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority. Fire crews are being sensitive to environmental and cultural resources in and around the fire area.
  • Today, fire crews continued to make good progress with indirect attack operations, but access and fire behavior are still a major safety concern for fire crews. Air and ground resources continue to construct and reinforce indirect line around the fires perimeter. The Very Large Aircraft (VLAT) DC-10 was also utilized in the effort.
  • 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.
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  • Smoke from the Aspen Fire continues to impact air quality in local communities. Crews will utilize firing operations over the next three days to assist with enforcing containment lines. Firing operations are actions taken to remove unburned fuels between the active fire line and the contingency lines which fire crews have been creating over the past several days. The operation will put additional smoke into the atmosphere. 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
Road and Trail Closures

Roads:
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.
Trails:
Per the U.S. Forest Service Closure Order Number 15-13-09, all trails within the Kaiser Wilderness are closed.
Closures

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
Fish Creek
The following campgrounds are closed to house firefighters for suppression efforts:
Midge Creek, Badger Flat and Rancheria.
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Thanks for the updates Mike. let's hope they get it out soon.

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Sorry we missed ya at Denny's Mike, I wanted to buy ya breakfast.

theGrinch took us on all the hard ways......3 hours, 126 miles from Three Rivers to Oakhurst.
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Sorry we missed ya at Denny's Mike, I wanted to buy ya breakfast.
theGrinch took us on all the hard ways......3 hours, 126 miles from Three Rivers to Oakhurst.
its OK... I would have been scheming how to get over there after that!
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Aspen fire out !!!!!!

The Aspen fire has been declared contained and now just mop up is happening with all the firefiighters more than likely headed to Los Angeles to help in Banning..


Thank you firefighters !!
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Sorry we missed ya at Denny's Mike, I wanted to buy ya breakfast.

theGrinch took us on all the hard ways......3 hours, 126 miles from Three Rivers to Oakhurst.
Care to share your route? We've been doing most of our practicing in some of the areas around there, wonder what roads we've been on and what we have been missing.

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Packing up and heading out to the SNF.

Hey Mike I'll be up your way this weekend. If your home I'll stop by for a bit and shoot the shit.

Sheri (my GF) and I are doing a week in the Sierras for a last min. vacation before she starts new job.

PM me your phone # and I'll call you.



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