Cabin Fire Smoke Expected to Impact The Kern River Valley

USFS

Kernville, California, July 31, 2015 –Residents and forest visitors in and around the communities surrounding Lake Isabella may be impacted by smoke in the next few days.

The Cabin Fire, ignited by lightning on July 18, 2015, is 40 air miles north of the town of Kernville and is over 1900 acres at this time.  The fire is located within the Golden Trout Wilderness Area on the Western Divide Ranger District, of the Sequoia National Forest.

Firefighters will gain access to the fire as soon as it is safe to do so.  Smoke over the fire area has prevented aircraft from getting over the fire.  Once the smoke inversion lifts, making it safe to fly, aircraft will evaluate the conditions and plan for where to begin suppression efforts.

TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS IN ORDER TO LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE:

1.      Limit your outdoor activities, especially children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases.
2.      Remain inside air conditioned buildings.  Note: If you don’t have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather.  In these cases seek alternative shelter.
3.      If you have asthma or other lung diseases, make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan.  Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
4.      If you are an older adult, or have children, or if you have heart or lung diseases, talk with your doctor about whether you should leave the area.
Everyone else should reduce prolonged exposure, strenuous activities or heavy exertion.

Fire Information can be obtained by calling the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607, open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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