Soda Fire grows to over 1k acres, smoke continues to affect Kernville, mountain communities

No ground resources working to contain spread

KERNVILLE, Calif. - The Soda Fire, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest, continued its spread towards the west over the weekend and grew to 1132 acres.

Fire behavior continues to be of low to moderate intensity and largely confined to surface and ground fuels. No tree torching has been observed.

Fire officials will continue to monitor the fire’s behavior and movement from a helicopter. With steep terrain, no road access, no structures with immediate threat from the fire, and anticipated growth there is not a need to insert ground resources and risk injuries to firefighters at this time.

Wet pockets of fuel on the ground will continue to smolder and emit smoke which will likely drift down into the canyons at night. Nearby communities should expect to smell smoke from the Soda Fire.

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