Aspen fire containment at 50%

August 5, 2013 

— The Aspen fire north of Huntington Lake has burned about 17,800 acres and was 50 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Friday, fire officials said.

The Sierra National Forest blaze, started July 22 by lightning, continued to grow in the northeast and southeast areas of the fire's perimeter and has reached the dam at Mammoth Pool Reservoir.

Almost 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which has an estimated cost of $17.2 million. The wildfire is threatening two structures and has caused two minor injuries.

On Friday, officials from the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management team said smoke remained over the fire area well into the late afternoon, hampering visibility for firefighters on the ground and in the air.

Recreation and businesses remain open in the areas of Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Florence Lake and Mono Hot Springs. Several roads and campgrounds remained closed.

A public meeting about the fire will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Big Creek Community Church, 55124 Point Road, Big Creek. Speakers will include Sierra National Forest officers and the incident commander for the fire.

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