Actions Begin to Suppress Soda Fire

Springville, Calif., March 21, 2014—For Immediate Release       

The Soda Fire, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest, did not grow significantly overnight.  With continued drought conditions, and concern for lingering smoke in nearby communities, fire officials have decided to insert firefighters on the fireline and stop it from spreading any further.

Over the weekend, firefighters will be flown into the wilderness on a helicopter to begin suppressing the Soda Fire.  They will utilize the helicopter for water drops on the hottest parts of the fire.  The priority is firefighter safety; they will be flown out at night.  Efforts will be made to protect the wilderness quality of the area. Fire crews have been instructed on special tactics to reduce their impact on the environment while keeping safety as their number one priority.

“This has been a very unusual event,” stated Rick Stevens, District Ranger for the Western Divide Ranger District.  “A wildfire ignited by unknown causes, in the middle of January, burning through several snow storms, and still burning in the month of March, was not something I ever expected to have to deal with.  It is time to take action to extinguish this fire before summer arrives.”

For more information please contact Denise Alonzo, Public Affairs Officer for the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 ext. 72212 or by emaildalonzo@fs.fed.us Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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