In case you were heading out along the Summit Trail or on the Mountaineer Trail, you may want to read this:
The Mountaineer Fire is about one and a half miles east of the Alder Fire. It is located north of Summit Trailhead, in the Golden Trout Wilderness, in Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. The cause of the Mountaineer Fire is under investigation.
A reconnaissance flight will continue to check the fire daily. It is estimated to be one acre in size. The fire is inaccessible on foot. No structures or improvements are threatened, and a confine-contain suppression strategy is being used. The Mountaineer Fire is burning in timber, with heavy fuels lying on the ground.
Two crews are working on reopening and improving existing fire lines and trails on the Mountaineer Fire.
The Mountaineer Fire produced minimal smoke today, with smoldering and creeping fire behavior.
An area closure is in the process of being established for the roads and trails surrounding Summit Trailhead and the Mountaineer Fire on the Western Divide Ranger District.
For additional information, please call the Western Divide Ranger District (559) 539-2607, extension 2292.