Soda Fire near Springville slowing; smoldering wood still sending smoke to Kernville

SPRINGVILLE, Calif. - The spread of the Soda Fire, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest has slowed, but smoke continues to pose a problem to Kernville, officials said.

The fire grew by 8 acres Tuesday and is currently 676 acres. The fire has spread through ground and surface fuels, and no tree torching has been observed.

Fire officials said there is not a need to insert ground resources and risk injuries to firefighters.

A light cloud cover, cooler temperatures, patches of snow, and areas with less vegetation has helped slow the spread of the fire over the last couple of days. 

Wet 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, but it should lighten now that the spread of the fire has slowed.

Smoke from wildfires can pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/ Fire

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