Diablo Fire on the Carson National Forest

Start date:  Saturday, July 8.  The fire was found on Sunday and crews made it to the area on Monday.

Cause:  Lightning

Location:  Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District, within the Pot Creek drainage.  The fire is approximately 7 miles east of the Pot Creek community and 3 miles southwest of Bernardin Lake.

Size:  ½ acre

Growth Potential:  low to moderate

Resources:  1 engine and 1 hand crew (20-24 personnel)

Vegetation:  Primarily mixed conifer

 Status:  The fire is on a remote, steep side drainage near Diablo Canyon which is making access difficult.  Fire growth has been minimal due to moist fuel conditions and the presence of old road beds and is slowly consuming forest litter. No structures are threatened.

Crews are assessing the fire area to find opportunities to stop fire spread in less steep terrain. Until then, they will be utilizing existing roads to keep the fire confined to an area of 10 acres. If conditions allow, they may be able to take some direct suppression action. Isolated showers throughout the week are expected to minimize fire growth.

 Advisories:  Smoke may be visible from the Pot Creek drainage over the course of the week.  The public should use caution if using Forest Road 438 which accesses the area due to an increase in fire traffic.

 Fire Information: Carson National Forest News and Events webpage, and Carson National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF/.

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