Firefighters already stretched by major fires across the western United States, including one in Yosemite National Park, are working to contain a number of other lightning-sparked fires in the Sierra Nevada.
The Fish fire in Sequoia National Forest, east of Porterville, has spread to 1,000 acres, the U.S. Forest Service said. The fire, burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness, was only 5% contained as of Sunday.
Additional resources were ordered to help contain the fire, although competition for resources is stretched because of the number of other fires in the western United States.
There are 118 firefighters working on the Fish fire including three helicopters, two hotshot crews, one hand crew and eight smoke jumpers.
The public is asked to slow down and remain alert while driving in the area due to increased traffic of fire response vehicles between Porterville and Peppermint Heliport.
Forest Service officials have closed all backcountry trails in the area north of Trout Meadow, west to Lion Meadow, north to the Kern Canyon Ranger Station and east to the Kern River as the Fish fire grows.
Front country roads and campgrounds are open, but officials warn that smoke may be dense in the morning because it drifts into the canyons at night.
Crews were also kept busy over the weekend with a handful of other fires in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
The Windy Peak fire in Kings Canyon National Park grew to an estimated 200 acres on Sunday after it was discovered during a reconnaissance flight on Aug. 23, the National Park Service said.
The fire is north of the Middle Fork of the Kings River near Simpson Meadow and Windy Peak. Fire crews are working to keep the fire north of the Kings River. It is not threatening life or property, officials said.
Other fires include the Chagoopa fire, which has scorched 15 acres near the Chagoopa Plateau in Sequoia National Park. The fire crossed a segment of the High Sierra Trail. The trail is not closed, but officials say hikers should plan to be escorted through the fire area.
The Hotel Creek fire has been contained at 30 acres. The Hockett fire has also been contained at 41 acres. The trail leading from the Hockett Meadow Ranger Station to Evelyn Lake and Cahoon Rock is closed for firefighter and public safety.
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