Lightning strikes ignited a dozen new fires across the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument over the past few days. The “Grey Fire” is the largest at four acres, and is burning near Grey Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness approximately 15 miles northeast of Springville on the Western Divide Ranger District.
Three hand crews are currently working on the Grey Fire to stop its growth. Crews are using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) because they are in a wilderness area. Firefighters will suppress the fire with the least impact to the land. They will stop the spread to contain it within a designated perimeter boundary made up of natural barriers, and remain onsite to ensure it stays within that boundary.
At this time there are no trail or road closures in the Western Divide Ranger District. Firefighters will work to suppress all of the lightning caused fires as safely and quickly as possible. Storms continue to pass through the southern sierra mountains and bring the threat of lightning and more fires.
Lightning caused fires can go undetected for days or weeks until forest materials dry enough to allow flames to spread to the surface. Visitors are asked to call ahead to check on conditions and obtain weather forecasts prior to travel in the mountains. Please contact the Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for latest fire and weather updates.