Firefighters are trying to keep the fire from moving into the 23,000 acre Kaiser Wilderness. Elevation and topography make the Aspen Fire especially difficult to battle. Elevation at Mammoth Pools is approximately 3,500 ft.. Kaiser Peak stands over 10,000 ft.
The loss of 19 of the 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire is a particularly severe loss, which reminds us of the bravery displayed every day by our firefighters in facing danger. All 20 members need to be properly honored
“Fires this early in the season are primarily due to a combination of factors; the lack of snow pack, the above average temperatures, lack of spring rain and recent thunderstorm activity have contributed to the ignitions.”