Springville, CA - The U.S. Forest Service reports the Fish Fire has burned 1,450 acres, 25 miles northeast of Springville. The forest service says lightning started this fire, August 23, around 1 p.m.. 213 personnel are fighting the flames in steep, rugged terrain. The Fish Fire is seven percent contained. A closure is in place in the Golden Trout Wilderness between Burnt Corral Meadow and the Kern River, south of the Kern Ranger Station in neighboring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The forest service says residents of the Kern River Valley are being affected by smoke from the Fish Fire; smoke typically flows down the Kern River Canyon from fires in the wilderness. Smoke concentrations can be avoided by following a few simple rules. Close windows, doors, and outside vents when it is smoky to prevent accumulations indoors. Run your air conditioner, if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and keep the filter clean. Ventilate your home and work place during periods of little smoke. Avoid physical activities while smoke is dense.
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