(Press Release) Seven lightning fires occurred Saturday on the Sierra National Forest, two of which have now combined to create a 350 acre fire – dubbed the “Bear Fire.”
The fire is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness between Edison Lake and Florence Lake, just south of Bear Diversion Dam near Beard Dome, ranging from 7500 to 9000 ft. elevation.
Due to high winds, rough terrain and accessibility, the Poison Fire and the Bear Fire grew combining over the course of three days from ten acres to 400 acres. The fire is currently at 50% containment, zero structures threatened, one injury and has approximately 100 resources.
Ten smoke jumpers, four Type-2 crews from Fresno and Porterville, four rotary and four fixed-wing aircraft are working to contain the fires growth. Type-2 crews consist of: 18 to 20 firefighters.
All other lightning fires have been controlled or are being monitored on the ground or via air.