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8/10/2017 - Butte Fire Ignites in the Sierra National Forest - Click here to print this information

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On Monday August 07, 2017 Sierra National Forest (NF) fire crews first responded to the Butte Fire, a lightning caused fire, located between Cargyle and Stairway Creeks in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Initial suppression actions have been successful in channeling the direction of the fire, despite active burning in steep, rugged terrain, with difficult access.

At last report, the spread potential for the Butte Fire was moderate, with an estimated 250 acres burned to date and 10% containment.

Smoke is visible from the Mt. Tom lookout, and drifting to the east as reported by the Inyo NF.

Resources currently assigned to the Butte Fire are Crane Valley IHC, Trimmer Helitack H-520, a Type 1 Helicopter, and a Type II hand crew from the Sierra NF, Fresno 4.

Due to the spread and potential for future growth a Type III Incident Management Team was ordered and they took over incident command at 2pm Wednesday.

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