A fire scorched 150 acres Sunday evening and continues to burn near the top of Angora Mountain, east of Springville in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area of the Sequoia National Forest, officials said.
The Angora fire, which is believed to have been sparked by lightning, does not pose any immediate threats to people or structures because it is in the backcountry, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Alonzo said.
Two hotshot crews from Springville and Fulton and 10 smokejumpers from the Porterville Air Attack were deployed Sunday to fight the fire. More crews will join them on Monday from Kern Valley and Horseshoe Meadow, Alonzo said.
Forest officials anticipate closures of trails, including the Deep Creek Trail east of Lion Meadow because of the fire. Backcountry travelers planning a trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness should contact the Western Divide Ranger District at (559) 539-2607 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for latest fire and trail closure information prior to travel.
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