Update: Crews Fighting Vegetation Fire In Stanislaus National Forest
Update at 4:52pm: Stanislaus National Forest officials have updated logistics and status information regarding a remote vegetation wildfire that broke out late Monday morning.
Dubbed the Soda Fire, it is burning at a location about three miles east of Relief Reservoir in Soda Canyon and two miles northeast of Relief Peak.
Earlier described as four acres in size, better mapping has currently put it at about ten acres. Burning in flash and timber, officials say the fire is creeping and smoldering with a low speed potential.
Columbia air resources worked on it briefly Monday before a Sierra National Forest helicopter took over. Overnight, the incident is being monitored and the same copter and a 20-member hand crew are assigned to continue battling it Tuesday.
Update at 2:38pm: Here’s the latest on a fire reported late this morning in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest in the vicinity of Leavitt and Kennedy peaks.
According to Forest Service officials, the incident, which is located east of Relief Reservoir, is currently described as about four acres in size. Columbia aircraft had been assisting for the first few hours but have since been released and a Sierra National Forest helicopter is working on it. More resources are planned for Tuesday’s response. Fire investigators are still working to learn what ignited the blaze.
Original Post at 11:58am: Tuolumne County, CA — There is a 3-5 acre fire that ignited in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest.
The Forest Service reports that it is located near Kennedy Lake, which is in the vicinity of Leavitt and Kennedy peaks, and east of Relief Reservoir. Since the fire is in a very remote area there are no calls for any type of evacuations. It is not immediately known what ignited the fire. You will notice air resources overhead.