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Lightning fire burning in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

by Joel Metzger |

A lightning fire called the Wheats Fire was discovered early Monday morning had burned 20 acres in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a report from the Stanislaus National Forest Service.

The smoke column was spotted from both Highway 108 and Highway 4.

Smoke jumpers were deployed Monday evening and identified multiple spot fires ranging from a quarter acre to a half acre in size.

As of Tuesday afternoon, one helicopter and 60 personnel were fighting the fire.

Fire crews engaged in a full suppression response Tuesday, but will be mindful of the difficult wilderness terrain and reassess their strategy if necessary with firefighter safety being the highest priority.

The steep, rugged and isolated terrain poses serious safety concerns, the report said, adding a type 3 incident commander has been assigned to manage the firefighting effort.

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To view photos of the smoke column, visit the Bald Helibase, which looks toward the Dardanelles: