Growing Fire Likely To Dump More Smoke Into Eastside

Staff Writer

The Rough Fire located north of Hume Lake on the west side of the Sierra crest took a fast run to the north and east yesterday, growing about 2,500 acres in a few hours and throwing smoke into the Eastern Sierra on the back of prevailing southwest winds.

The fire was at about 3,766 acres as of 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, and the fire is not done growing yet. Warm, dry and windy conditions and extreme terrain are hampering firefighters ability to control the blaze and another spurt of growth is expected this afternoon, according to fire officials. Because the fire is south and west of the Eastern Sierra (roughly west of Independence and Big Pine about 20 miles, but on the other side of the crest of the range) and the winds are blowing from the southwest, more smoke is likely this afternoon and during the afternoons of the coming week, according to Deb Schweizer, the public information officer for the Inyo National Forest.

Fires tend to grow most in the afternoons due to low humidity, heat and afternoon winds and in this case, Rough Fire smoke is traveling right up the drainages of the Kings River, then going up and over the passes that separate the Eastern Sierra from the west side of the range.

The weather is expected to continue warm and dry with southwest winds until at least Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A good resource for updates on this fire is http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Search for "Rough Fire" or any other fire you are interested in.

A good resource for smoke activity is http://sierrafire.cr.usgs.gov/. Again, set your search parameters for the region you want to know more about.

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