SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The lightning-caused Butte Fire, burning on the Sierra National Forest, is now estimated at 630 acres.
Moderating fire behavior allowed firefighters to make good progress yesterday, achieving 40 percent containment.
UPDATE: Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. – The fire is now estimated at 635 acres with 45 percent containment.
The fire was first reported on Aug. 7, and is burning in the Ansel Adams Wilderness north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and south of Cargyle Meadow.
There are currently 145 personnel assigned to the incident including seven crews and seven helicopters.
Due to the location of the fire in a wilderness area, crews are utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), and a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire.
The fire is not threatening any structures.
Mammoth Trailhead on the Sierra National Forest has been closed, and Fern Creek Trail on the Inyo National Forest is closed at Granite Staircase Junction. No road closures have been announced.
Assisting Agencies include the Inyo National Forest, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Great Basin Air Resources
Latitude 37 ° 33.0000
Longitude -119° 09.9000