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Aspen Fire still burning

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webmaster | 07/29/13

A lightning-caused blaze known as the Aspen Fire remained mostly uncontained Sunday after consuming about 9,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County.

Only three structures were threatened by the growing conflagration, which began July 22 and was 15 percent contained; 1,187 fire personnel have battled the flames.

Several helicopters and air tankers were being used along the edge of the Aspen Fire to try to slow its expansion — which was most aggressive on recent afternoons — and subdue hot spots.

“Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, fire crews are using a tactic called indirect attack, which creates control lines away from the fire’s active edge,” according to U.S. Forest Service authorities...


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