Smoke from large wildfires has died down for the time being, but there are plenty of small fires that may add a touch of haze to the Eastern Sierra sky in coming days.
The Bull Fire near Kernville grew to over 16,000 acres in size, sending smoke our way, but fire fighters now say that blaze is 96% contained, but not completely out.
There is the Junction Fire, burning west of Mammoth Lakes, along the middle fork of the San Joaquin River that has shown visible smoke in recent days.
Farther north, there is now a 70 acre fire burning in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness that is visible from northern Mono County. Firefighters are actively working to contain this fire.
In Sequoia National Forest, southwest of Lone Pine, the 19 acre Maggie Fire is burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness. This fire is said to be above cliffs in rugged terrain and is being allowed to burn out naturally.
In Kings Canyon National Park, the 102 acre Sheep Fire continues to burn slowly near Cedar Grove. There are three other small fires burning in Kings Canyon National Park as well that are showing little activity.
Park Service Staff says that these lightning caused fires would historically continue to smolder into the late summer and fall before being completely extinguished by rain or snow. Park Staff reports that this type of small and isolated fire can be safely managed for the benefit of the forest.