ATTENTN Archery D-8


Apr 2, 2001
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A Fire erupted yesterday on Highway 190 above Springville, CA in Zone D-8. Highway 190 to Ponderosa, Quaking Aspen is CLOSED. Mtn Home State Forest & Balch Park is Closed. Evacuations are in order as we speak. This fire is romping right now. No estimate in contaiment. Check with USFS or CDF before you come up this coming week.

Sierra wildfire forces evacuation of camps

By Sarah Villicana and Janet Enquist, The Porterville Recorder

Camp Wishon, upper and lower Coffee Camp and Doyle Springs were evacuated Thursday evening as a fire charred hundreds of acres near Coffee Camp above Springville.

Named the Deep Fire after Deep Canyon, located southwest of the fire, it began near the river bank on the south side of Highway 190, quickly jumped the road and engulfed the side of the mountain in flames. A firefighter with the Springville Fire Station initially spotted smoke while returning from a medical aid call at approximately 6 p.m.

A firefighter with a hotshot crew takes a water break Thursday night while cutting a line just off Highway 190 above Springville. (Recorder photo by John Tipton)

By 6:45 p.m., giant billowing clouds, the color of burnt sienna, rose from mountain and overwhelmed the light blue sky.

At least 26 engines and 250 personnel responded from the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and several smaller local agencies.

Personnel were also flown in by helicopter from Peppermint to assist local agencies in fighting the blaze.

Flames burned through the flume that provides water to the Springville area, creating miniature waterfalls that flooded sections of the roadway. Old tree stumps were transformed into flaming torches as firefighters stood by for assignments.

According to Springville Fire Station volunteer Walt Grobes, four helicopters, two airtankers and one spotter plane responded to the blaze.

At about 7:30 p.m., Highway 190 was closed from Balch Park to Camp Nelson because of the fire. It was unknown when the road would be reopened.

As of press time, over 200 acres had burned, while estimates on the cause and containment of the fire were still unknown.



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Nov 13, 2003
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prohunter, thaks for the report. I had'nt heard about the fire yet. By the posts on here I can tell a lot of us hunt D8. I hope we can all keep the information updated.
Gary C.


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Aug 26, 2001
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hopefully they can get a handle on this before it turns into a "McNally fire"

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