Another Fire Sends New Source of Smoke Into Eastside

Staff Writer

Southwest winds and a growing fire north of Hume Lake could be the increasing smoke in the Eastern Sierra today according to forest officials. The fire has stubbornly resisted full control and with the winds blowing from the southwest, some of the 500-acre fire's smoke could be hitting the region.
The Rough Fire started on July 31 when lightning storms ignited several fires on the Sierra National Forest, according to forest officials on the Sierra National Forest. According to a news release, firefighters were successful in controlling all but one. This fire is called the Rough Fire and it is located midway up the steep, rocky canyon walls of the upper Kings River drainage by Deer Ridge (Monarch Wilderness) and Rough Spur Ridge. The fire was last reported at 500 acres in size.

Fire crews have been challenged with finding a safe location to engage in direct attack of this fire, but are utilizing ridgelines and natural barriers as potential places to hold the fire. The Incident Commander is continuing to utilize aircraft Type 1 Helitankers to slow the progression of the fire to the south into the Kings River to minimize the potential of the fire crossing the King River and moving on to the Sequoia National Forest -Hume Lake Ranger District.

The Sierra National Forest has been working closely with the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park on planning out how best to control this fire while minimizing concerns with firefighter and public safety, the press release states.

Additional concerns come from the natural flow of winds in the Kings River drainage that move the smoke to the east/northeast during the day as well as trap evening smoke within the Kings River area and the slopes immediately adjacent. Fire personnel have been working closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District and California Air Resource Board to ensure that information is readily available for those who may be impacted by this fire.

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