U.S. Forest Service, Sierra National Forest personnel along with other federal agencies invested their time this Mothers Day weekend fighting wildland fire on the Sierra National Forest.
More than 180 inter-agency personnel responded to the Chiquito Fire, located north of Beasore Creek and approximately three miles off of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, Bass Lake Ranger District with both ground and air assets: multiple engines and water tenders; four Interagency Hot Shot Crews Sierra IHC, Kings River IHC, Fulton IHC and Rio Bravo IHC; two Type-1 helitankers; one Type-2 helicopter; and two air attacks.
The fire is now 25% contained at 40 acres. Full containment is expected by May 14. Cause of ignition is unknown and currently under investigation.
A smoke sighting was first called in by a commercial flight and reported Saturday, May 11 by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Sierra Interagency Hot Shot Crew was first on scene.
Although it is early in the year, certain conditions can result in a wildfire. Visitors should exercise caution with campfires and homeowners should be sure to keep the area surrounding their home clear of dry fuels. State law mandates property owners residing within the State Responsibility Area take pro-active measures to protect the property from wildfire, such as keeping a 100 foot clearance between buildings and flammable materials such as brush and vegetation.
The Sierra National Forest is currently ramping up for the 2013 fire season, hiring personnel and getting ground and air assets in place. Limited resources are available on forest for initial attack on wildland fires.
Details: Bass Lake Ranger District, (559) 877-2218, or Clovis, (559) 297-0706.