The Cabin Fire, located in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Western Divide Ranger District in Sequoia National Forest, has spread to over 1,900 acres. Rain allowed firefighters to begin line construction in an effort to get ahead of anticipated growth.
Fire officials plan to stop the spread of the fire to the north by utilizing the area where the Lion Fire burned in 2011, along Pecks Canyon as a holding line. To the south, the area burned by the Soda Fire in 2014, should slow it down along Mountaineer Creek.
Crews were able to use chainsaws along the Summit Trail to the west and Mountaineer Trail to the south of the fire to improve trail conditions to use as holding lines if needed. A secondary line is being constructed along the Summit Trail.
Over 200 firefighters are on scene trying to stop the spread of the Cabin Fire. Additional crews and resources have been ordered. An incident management team will be assuming command of the fire at 6 a.m. Saturday August 1.
Portions of the Golden Trout Wilderness are closed; a map of the closure area and additional fire information can be found on Inciweb http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4423/ If you are planning a backcountry trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness please call for trail status before you leave home. Please call (559) 539-2607 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for latest fire and weather updates.
Smoke will be lingering in most areas throughout the wilderness and is drifting into nearby communities. Information on how to limit your exposure to smoke can be found on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Districts website http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm