Aspen Fire update

The Aspen Fire, which was caused by lightening and was discovered Tuesday, July 23, is still burning on the Sierra National Forest-High Sierra Ranger District. The fire is burning below Stump Springs Road north of Aspen Springs. The fire has burned approximately 4,500 acres and remains active. Growth potential for the fire is high. Total fire personnel on hand is 858.

Additional resources will continue to arrive to assist in fire suppression. Sierra National Forest initial suppression efforts, crews were able to keep the fire from burning into the Kaiser Wilderness. Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority.

The South Central Sierra Inter-agency 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 Aspen 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.

The Sierra National Forest is suppressing 15 additional fires and all are less than a quarter acre in size; all of these fires were started by lightning.

Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest are as follows:

Sample Meadow

West Kaiser

Jackass Rock Organization

Lower Chiquito

Little Jackass

Soda Springs


Sweet Water

China Bar

Rock Creek


Badger Flat

Midge Creek

Mammoth Pool

Fish Creek

Wagners Mammoth Pool Resort

Road closures include:

Stump Springs Road

Roads open to residents with identification:

Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) from Fish Creek Campground to Jackass Rock Organization Campground

Grizzly Road (Forest Service Road 6S01) from Minarets Road (Forest Service Road 81) to Beasore Road