Wildfire discovered burning in golden trout wilderness

23 October 2016

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USA —   Springville, Ca. - October 21, 2016 – A wildfire was discovered around 5 p.m., on Thursday burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest. The Jacobson Fire is located about three miles northeast of the community of Sequoia Crest which is near Camp Nelson. The fire has grown to an estimated 650 acres, and the cause is under investigation.

The fire is burning east of the junction of Mountaineer and Jacobson Creeks, east of Jacobson Meadow. A burn scar from the 2014 Soda Fire is located south, and a burn scar from the 2015 Cabin Fire is located north of the Jacobson Fire. These burn scars, current weather conditions, and past fire suppression activities in the wilderness will help to confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.

Fire managers are evaluating the best fire suppression management tactics while ensuring firefighter and public safety. Crews plan to use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), using old burn areas, rock outcroppings, existing trails, and open areas of sparse fuels to confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.

Trail closures in the immediate area of the Jacobson Fire are pending. Backpackers who plan to obtain a wilderness permit for overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness north of Summit Trailhead should contact the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607 (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) for assistance.

Nearby communities should expect to smell smoke from the Fire. Smoke from wildfires can pose health concerns for the public. Visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for helpful information www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. For current air quality information, visit the website for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District www.valleyair.org

Winters have started approaching the northern region of India that also includes Delhi-NCR along with Punjab and Haryana. Due to this, minimums have also started dropping in many parts of North India including Delhi and NCR. In fact, as per the temperatures recorded on October 15 and October 17, the minimums of Delhi and NCR went down to 17°C.

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As per experts, an increase in the pollution level normally occurs during the winter months. However, there are a few reasons that could enhance the pollution level in Delhi and the adjoining areas. The very first reason that can be attributed to an increase in pollution level in the national capital is crop fires in the neighboring state of Haryana and Punjab.

These two states lie in northwest proximity of Delhi and normal pattern of winds during this season is northwesterly. These winds drag the smoke and fine particles of the burnt crop and mix them with Delhi’s atmosphere. Moreover, the temperatures also start dipping, therefore, the air near the earth’s surface tends to condense leading to formation of haze.

Whenever the winds are light or calm, these air pollutants get mixed with the haze or mist and forms a blanket of smoke haze which remains suspended for few hours in the mornings. Thereafter, the haze disappears as the sun rises and temperatures increases during the day.

 

But as the winter progresses in the month of December and January, the duration of haze, mist or fog gets extended and these pollutants remain suspended in the atmosphere for longer duration of time. Other factors including the smoke emitting from vehicles and factories and dust from construction sites also add to the rising pollution levels.

Sometimes this situation can continue for day’s altogether. However, relief is expected only when a strong Western Disturbance gives rain over the region. It is then that these pollutants settle down for a few days.

Another criterion which reduces the pollution levels is the strong and moderate dry winds from northwest or west which carry away these pollution particles. In a nutshell, it can be said that in October, intensity and duration of pollution remain less though increases in November as winters sets in.

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