Ranch fire update - July 4, 2014; 0% contained

The Ranch Fire is currently active in Aspen and Bear Creek Drainages in an area of extremely steep terrain which has difficult access and is very hazardous to firefighters.

This area has not burned in since 1970 and is mainly grass and brush with some timber.

Last night’s fire activity was minimal but continues to under burn and preheat aerial and adjoining fuels, increasing the risk of fire behavior and re-burn potential; additionally, roll out of burning material on steep terrain poses a continued threat. Crews continued to improve access to the fireline and build containment lines.

The area of Lake Isabella is widely used by tourists and especially during the upcoming July 4th celebrations. The Ranch Fire is NOT affecting the Kern River Valley, ALL campgrounds around the lake are open. A tourist information booth is available to visitors located along Sierra Highway in Riverkern.

The use of any fireworks are prohibited in the mountainous areas. A public firework display will be held on Saturday July 5th over Lake Isabella. Residents and visitors should be aware of heavy fire equipment on local roads.

 

Evacuations

·         None

Closures

ORDER NO. 14-12. Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 a & b, and to provide for public safety, forest roads and trails in the Ranch Fire area have been closed and will remain in effect until the fire has been full suppressed. For full information visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sequoia/home

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