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The Rough Fire – Extra Resources being Directed to Save Popular Christian Camp at Hume Lake

Popular Christian Camp at Hume Lake Evacuates final Camp of the Season due to increased threat from Rough Fire

The Rough Fire is burning on the Sierra National Forest, the Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Fire Managers are working in concert with these agencies to safely suppress the fire while insuring the safety of the public and firefighters.
In order to overcome the challenges of the fire being located in steep, inaccessible terrain, firefighters are utilizing the natural barriers (rock outcroppings) available to them in their arsenal of suppression tactics. The fire will continue to move slowly towards control lines, on the north and east flanks.
Helicopters are being utilized to moderate fire behavior to prevent long range spotting.
Due to the high values at risk, additional resources have been ordered for the defense of Hume_Lake_CA-kmfthe Hume Lake Christian Camp and surrounding summer cabins. Fire activity was moderate on Friday with the potential for increased activity, as an area of high pressure will move over the fire with possible record higher temperatures and drier air moving into the area. With the long-term forecast, it is expected that the fire will continue to burn Hume Lake Report on their website below:

Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 9:00pm

Our final week of camp ended today and all campers have returned home safely. The fire burned moderately yesterday, and we have seen some spectacular cloud plumes throughout the day today from the west side of the fire. In addition, the fire command has announced: “Due to the high values at risk, additional resources have been ordered for the defense of the Hume Lake Christian Camps and surrounding summer cabins.” This is great news for us! Although this does not change the movement of the fire, it does help Hume Lake become a better defended area. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Fire Restrictions:
Fire restrictions are in place for the Sierra National Forest. Campfires are only allowed in designated developed recreation sites.
No campfires are allowed within the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Visitors may experience smoke impacts in many popular recreational areas including Wishon Reservoir, Hume Lake and Cedar Grove area. For air quality updates visit
http://www.valleyair.org/aqinfo/forecast.htm for more information.
Closures & Advisories:
Sierra National Forest issued a closure order for the Rough Fire Area.
Sequoia National Forest issued a closure order for the Hume Lake and Monarch Wilderness.
There is a Traveler Advisory for Cedar Grove in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The orders are posted on InciWeb
Fire Size Today: 14,000 acres
Containment:
0%
740 Firefighters: 17 crews, 5 engines and
10 helicopters
Location: Kings River Drainage, 5 miles North of Hume Lake and 2.5 miles southwest of Spanish Mountain Fire is being managed on the Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
Started: 7/31/15 lightning caused
Management: South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team

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