The "College Fire"
Click the picture on the right to see a slide show, two dash cam videos and three TV news reports of the cabin fire in Lower Deer Creek Track across from the College Campground.
"Aspen Fire" Information - The fire at Huntington Lake
The Aspen Fire continues to grow and remains completely uncontained. As of 9:00 am today, Thursday July 25th the fire has grown to an estimated 3,500 acres and is creating dense smoke in the Huntington Basin.
The lightning caused fire started in the San Joaquin River Drainage, on the east side of the river, about 2 miles south of Mammoth Pools.
The area is densely wooded, and the fuels are heavy and very dry. The last fire in the area was in 1939! Fire activity is extreme and intensifies as afternoon winds increase.
Dense smoke blankets the entire San Joaquin River drainage each morning until the inversion layer lifts between noon and one p.m. The smoke is severly hampering air operations making water and retardant drops difficult.
The fire is burning to the north and east and attemps are being made to construct firelines from Mamoth Pools dam eastward, however there is very limited access to the fire area and the area is very steep.
The fire has grown to a type II incident and strike teams contine to pour into the area to fight the fire. An incident command post hse been established at China Peak and fire apparatus has bee asked to follow "one-way" traffic into the incident ... China Peak to Shaver Lake to Big Creek to Stumpos Springs and back to Huntington. Civilian traffic is not required to follow the one-way traffice rules, however expect heavy fire traffic!
Rancheria Campground is currently being evacuated to provide for emergency crew accomodations.
Click here for a fire map showing the fire late yesterday when it was estimated to be about 1900 acres (now estimated to be 3,500 acres
Click here for the "one-way" traffic map
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