For Immediate Release
August 27, 2013 – 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information 559-539-2607 x. 72292
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Fire Behavior Challenges Firefighters
Acres: 1,900 Reported Date: August 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Cause: Lightning Location: 25 miles northeast of Springville, CA Containment: 7 percent Fuels: Mixed conifer with brush understory Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 5 helicopters, 5 hotshot crews, 4 hand Total Personnel: 316 crews
SPRINGVILLE, CA – Several small spot fires developed north and northeast of the main body of the Fish Fire yesterday, creating safety challenges for firefighters. Crews are scouting opportunities to establish lines further east and north. Incident Commander Matt Reidy said, “Safety is our number one priority. We want to fight the fire on our terms by putting the right resources in the right place at the right time.” The fire remains west of the Kern River on the Sequoia National Forest.
Overall fire behavior was lower yesterday due to higher humidity and calmer winds. Crews took advantage of the improvement in weather to continue working to contain the fire and to scout indirect fire lines.
Today, thunderstorms are predicted over the fire area and are expected to bring higher humidity and less active fire behavior. Additional firefighters arrived yesterday and they will continue to scout line, construct direct fireline where possible, and begin mopping up the southwest perimeter of the fire.
In an effort to provide for public safety, a closure has been put into place for the fire area in the Golden Trout Wilderness. More information on the area closure can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jwwlglr.
Although smoke produced by the fire has decreased, smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities throughout the day and is likely to settle into the valleys overnight and in the morning hours. Information on air quality and measures you can take at home to reduce your exposure to smoke can be found on http://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District or http://www.gbuapcd.org/ for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.