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Aspen fire causes detour for visitors

The fire has burned more than 2,000 acres and layered the area in dense smoke. Although it's not affecting any structures, it's forcing some travelers to change their plans.

The Aspen fire continues to burn on the Sierra National Forest. 

The fire has burned more than 2,000 acres and layered the area in dense smoke.  Although it's not affecting any structures, it's forcing some travelers to make other plans.

The fire is zero percent contained and firefighters aren't sure how long it's going to burn.  They tell us a fire hasn't burned in that area for a long time, since 1939.

 

As a smokey haze from the aspen fire descends over a large area in the Sierra National Forest, firefighters set up the command post for the some 450 fire personel on hand.

 

"We have boots on the ground, but you can't really see...so once that lifts hopefully we can get aircraft
in there and get a better handle on what we have," said Doug Rogers with the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team.

 

Although the fire isn't threatening homes at this point, it is causing some people to make a change in plans. Two visitors had reservations to go backpacking and now they're headed to the Dinkey Lakes area.

 

"We tried to go up to Kaiser wilderness and yesterday I got a call and they said because of the fire, they 
can't do it," said backpacker, Chad Nielsen.

 

The fire is burning below Stump Springs Road so it's caused some closures. A couple of campgrounds have been evacuated, but Camp Sierra is still open and they say they've got a plan if the fire heads their way.


"If she hears anything from the Rangers, she's gonna blow it, three times I believe.  We're supposed to meet right in front of the flag pole," said Irma Lazorwitz.

 

The dense smoke from the fire caused four women who were hiking to lose their way near Lake Italy Wednesday.  It's been confirmed they were found and are safe. 

While the smoke still lingers, the two backpackers say they aren't going to let it ruin their trip.

 

"I think I'm just looking to go hiking, I don't really care where.  You know it's kind of unfortunate we coudldn't go to the first place, but this is gonna be fun too," said backpacker, Scott Metclaf.

 

The smoke could make breathing tough, so if you have respiratory problems, it's advised you stay indoors and close your windows.


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