Taboose Fire grows in wind driven event Evacuations and closures in effect

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Taboose Fire grows in wind driven event

Evacuations and closures in effect


Last night, the Taboose Fire jumped its containment lines when sustained 40-50 mph winds caused spot fires. The fire is estimated to be 4,000 acres with 10% containment.


Last night, firefighters focused on structure protection for the nearby communities. Extreme fire behavior has been observed.


The Birch Creek community is under mandatory evacuation. Tinnemaha Campground is closed and being used for incident response. Fish Springs and Aberdeen are under evacuation advisories. Taboose Creek Campground is under an evacuation advisory.


Tinnemaha Road is closed.


The Birch Creek Trail, Red Lake Trail, and Taboose Creek Trails are closed. The forest will work Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to locate hikers in the area.


The fire is being managed in unified command with Cal Fire and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. A Type II Incident Management Team has been ordered. Numerous orders for fire crews, air tankers, and other resources are in place.


Today, winds remain in the forecast and are the primary concern for fire response as is the steep terrain of the Eastern Sierra. 


The fire started the evening of September 4 at approximately 5,000 feet in elevation in sagebrush. It located southwest of Big Pine and northwest of the community of Aberdeen. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however it is likely lightning-caused.