Springville, California, January 15, 2014—For Immediate Release. The Soda fire was discovered in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014. The Soda fire is near Clicks Creek (one mile west of Gray Meadow) and approximately ten miles northeast of Camp Nelson within the Golden Trout Wilderness. This area is on the Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest.
The Soda fire grew to 130 acres today. The fire is burning in a steep and rugged portion of the forest with no road access. The nearest trailhead (Clicks Creek) is not accessible by road due to snow drifts. Firefighters were flown to the fire today but were unable to land at Gray Meadow due to smoky conditions and concerns for their safety.
Tomorrow, fire officials will again attempt to fly firefighters into the Soda fire. Firefighters will be looking for opportunities to confine the fire. If direct tactics are unsafe or not feasible, there are snow patches, trails and creeks in the area that firefighters will access and determine if they can be used to stop the fire’s spread. Strategies for dealing with the fire will consider firefighter and public safety, protection of property as well as cost management.
It is anticipated that smoke from the Soda fire will be settling into the wilderness valleys in the late evening and early morning. Additionally, down canyon winds will likely push the smoke down the drainage and into Kernville. As the day warms and the inversion breaks, smoke should lift out of the drainages and be pushed to the northeast.