California Forest Fire Holds Steady for Crews

A six-day-old fire in a wilderness area of Sequoia National Forest appears to be under control.


SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. -- A six-day-old fire in a wilderness area of Sequoia National Forest appears to be under control.

Officials said Wednesday morning the fire is holding at 1,800 acres and is now 55 percent contained. Some of the 979 firefighters will be let go today to make them available to battle other blazes in the U.S.

Thirty-seven of those firefighters were called out from Kern County.

The fire is creeping east in the Golden Trout Wilderness, an area of steep, rugged terrain.

It started June 1 in the Freeman Creek Giant Sequoia Grove, but the trees were not damaged. Investigators are asking for help from the public, as they try to determine the cause.

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