The Aspen Fire was discovered on Monday, July 22, burning on the Sierra National Forest- High Sierra Ranger District. The lightning-caused fire began burning below Stump Springs Road north of Aspen Springs.
The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Aspen Fire at 6:00 P.M. July 24, 2013. With the fire 90% contained, a local Type 3 organization assumed control of the fire on August 11, 2013.
The fire continues to burn within the Kaiser Wilderness Area at low intensity in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain toward rocky cliffs that form a natural barrier to fire spread. A fire use module is monitoring the progress of the fire's edge.
Although smoke from the Aspen Fire has substantially cleared, there may be smoky days ahead as the creeping fire encounters pockets of unburned fuels.
Trails: Per the U.S. Forest Service Closure Order number 15-13-09, most trails within the Kaiser Wilderness remain closed. Sample Meadow, Potter Pass, and Badger Trailheads are open.
Campgrounds: West Kaiser is closed.
|Date of Origin||Monday July 22nd, 2013 approx. 10:15 PM|
|Location||seven miles north of Big Creek|
|Incident Commander||Belinda Mccandliss|
Timber with mixed chaparral
Low intensity fire continues to burn towards sub-alpine rocky ridges that are a natural barrier within the Kaiser Wilderness Area. All other areas continue to cool as fire burns out ground fuels.
The Sierra National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order for the Kaiser Wilderness with the public being warned to respect closures for safety reasons.
Suppression repair and mop up continues. A Wildland Fire Module is monitoring the fire within the Kaiser Wilderness Area.
Crews are being released and reassigned to other fires. Mop up will continue for the next few days. There is no fireline being constructed in the wilderness area, where the fire continues to burn towards natural barriers.
|Wind Conditions||18 mph S|