Aspen Fire burns 14,147 acres, 30% containment

FRESNO, Calif.

Fire crews spent the day clearing out wild brush near the fire area to form a contingency line and keep the fire from spreading.

A total of 1,600 fire personnel from around the state are fighting the flames from the air and ground. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries walking through the steep terrain.

"It's very hard to get boots on the ground just because when you have that steep of a country, rolling debris, there's not really good access into this fire," said Keli Stafford with the Sequoia National Forest. "Everybody is having to hike in that is there."

No homes or people are threatened at this point. The fire is currently 30 percent contained. Full containment is expected by August 10th.

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Road and Trail Closures

Roads:

Stump Springs Road is closed to all traffic due to fire suppression activity. Minarets Road (4S81) from Fish Creek to Jackass Rock Organization Campground, Grizzly at Beasore Road to Minarets Road are closed to the public. Residents within the road closure are allowed into the area with valid identification.

Trails:

Per the U.S. Forest Service Closure Order number 15-13-09, the Kaiser Wilderness is closed.

Evacuations

Additional campground closures went in to affect as a precautionary measure. Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest are as follows:

-Sample Meadow
-West Kaiser
-Jackass Rock Organization
-Lower Chiquito
-Little Jackass
-Soda Springs
-Placer
-Sweet Water
-China Bar
-Rock Creek
-Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort
Campgrounds closed to support firefighting efforts:
-Rancheria
-Badger Flat
-Midge Creek

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Basic Information

Incident Type: Wildfire

Cause: Lightning

Date of Origin: Monday July 22nd, 2013 approx. 10:15 PM

Location: Seven miles north of Big Creek

Incident Commander: David Cooper

Current Situation

Total Personnel: 1,792

Size: 14,147 acres

Percent Contained: 30%

Fuels Involved: Timber with mixed chaparral

Fire Behavior: Fire continued to be active throughout the north and east sides of the fire. Temperature is increasing and humidity decreasing.

Significant Events: The closure of Stump Springs road remains in effect. The Sierra National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order for the Kaiser Wilderness. A precautionary evacuation of campgrounds west of the San Joaquin River on Forest Road 4S81 are in place.

Outlook

Planned Actions: Continue to build and prepare indirect line on the east side of the fire.

Growth Potential: High

Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Remarks: Fire burned actively today. Indirect line preparation for firing operations on the east side of the fire. The Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT)- DC-10 was utilized on the fire yesterday. Crews continue to use direct attack when possible.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions: 4-13 mph SW

Temperature: 77-88 degrees

Humidity: 13-23%

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