Angora Fire Forces Closure of Trails in Golden Trout Wilderness
Springville, CA — The Angora Fire was discovered Sunday burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. An overnight infrared flight measured the Fire at 109 acres, also detecting multiple spot fires north of the Fire that could cause control problems.
Several spot fires are located along the edge of the Coyote Lakes Trail (32E05) which poses a serious risk for travelers in the backcountry. Forest officials are closing the Coyote Lakes Trail from its intersection with trail 32E02 east of Lion Meadows north to Coyote Peaks.
The Deep Creek Trail (32E06) north of 32E02 east of Round Meadow will also be closed to keep backpackers from walking into the fire’s path if it spreads towards the west. Backcountry travelers planning a trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness should contact the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for latest fire and trail closure information prior to travel. For a map of the closure area please look it up on the internet inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3729/
Four hotshot crews and ten smokejumpers out of the Porterville Air Attack base, are working to fully suppress the fire. Four helicopters are being utilized to shuttle crews and drop water on hot spots. Six air tankers dropped retardant on the fire Sunday afternoon and are available to do so again if needed. Ground crews are making progress and now have twenty percent of the fire contained. The Fire is burning in the backcountry where there is no road access. Crews are staying out all night on the fire line while they work to fully suppress this fire as safely and quickly as possible.
The area closure put in place during the Fish Fire was mostly re-opened late Friday September 6th except Trail 33E14, the Willow Meadow cutoff trail, which remains closed. Travelers need to stay on the trails near the Fish Fire area for their safety. There are still hot spots smoldering in the burned area; fire weakened trees may fall and debris may become dislodged because of the burnt vegetation.
The Angora Fire is burning in the Wilderness and does not pose a threat to campgrounds or roads most often travelled by visitors. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities throughout the day and is likely to settle into the valleys overnight and in the morning hours. Information on air quality and measures you can take at home to reduce your exposure to smoke can be found on www.valleyair.org/Home.htm for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District or www.gbuapcd.org/ for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.
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