Aspen fire has burned nearly 9,000 acres

July 28, 2013 

The Aspen Fire, which was caused by lightening and was discovered Tuesday, July 23, is still burning in the Sierra National Forest-High Sierra Ranger District. The fire is burning northwest of Huntington Lake near Mammoth Pool Reservoir below Stump Springs Road, north of Aspen Springs. As of Sunday morning, the fire has burned nearly 9,000 acres and is only 15% contained.

Total fire personnel on hand is more than 1,000.

The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Aspen Fire at 6 p.m. July 24.

The team is working with the Sierra National Forest to manage suppression efforts.

Smoke from the Fire is impacting air quality in local communities. Individuals sensitive to smoke are suggested to remain indoors and keep windows closed, to minimize exposure to smoke.

The fire is in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain. There is no imminent threat to the communities of Big Creek or Huntington Lake at this time.

Sixteen campgrounds in the area have been evacuated.


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