The Soda Fire burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest continued its spread towards the west over the weekend and grew to 1132 acres. Fire behavior continues to be of low to moderate intensity and largely confined to surface and ground fuels. No tree torching has been observed.
Fire officials will continue to monitor the fire’s behavior and movement from a helicopter. With steep terrain with no road access no structures with immediate threat from the fire and anticipated growth there is not a need to insert ground resources and risk injuries to firefighters. Wet pockets of fuel on the ground will continue to smolder and emit smoke which will likely drift down into the canyons at night. Nearby communities should expect to smell smoke from the Soda Fire.
Smoke from wildfires can pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/