SPRINGVILLE, September 8, 2013— A new wildland fire, called the Angora Fire was discovered today burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. The Angora Fire has now reached an estimated 150 acres and is burning towards the ridge top near Angora Mountain. Two hotshot crews, Springville and Fulton, along with 10 smokejumpers out of the Porterville Air Attack base, are working to fully suppress the fire tonight. An additional two hotshot crews, Kern Valley and Horseshoe Meadow will be flown into the fire first thing Monday morning. Helicopters from Kernville and Peppermint are shuttling crews to the fire, which is burning in the backcountry where there is no road access. An Air Attack plane is directing two Air Tankers in dropping retardant to help slow the spread of the fire while crews on the ground construct fire line in an effort to contain it. The cause of the Angora Fire is believed to be lightning.
Forest officials anticipate the need to close the Deep Creek Trail (32E05) east of Lion Meadow travelling north to Coyote Peaks due to the Angora Fire. Additional trail closures may be put in place if this Fire continues to spread. 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.
The area closure put in place during the Fish Fire was mostly re-opened late Friday except Trail 33E14, the Willow Meadow cutoff trail, which remains closed. 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, trees that may fall having been weakened by fire, and rolling debris loosened from burned vegetation.
The Angora Fire is burning out in the Wilderness and does not pose a threat to campgrounds or roads most often travelled by visitors. 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.