Another wildfire started Thursday morning along Pine Mountain in the Ventura Backcountry. The exact location of the fire is still being worked out but the map above is the best information we could find as of now. The Pine Fire is along the Gene Marshall – Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail (also part of the Condor Trail) in the vicinity of Haddock Camp and the upper reaches of Beartrap Canyon. This is a very steep and rugged portion of the forest in the neighborhood of 6,000ft elevation. The area features large rock outcrops with patches of chaparral around predominantly pine trees. The Pine Fire is currently at 300 acres and is being hit hard with air tankers and fire crews. The weather forecast for the weekend is promising as winds should be light and temperatures are going to be on the lower side. There are road closures as a result of the fire and both Hwy 33 and Lockwood Valley Rd are scheduled to be closed to thru-traffic this weekend. If you’d like to keep an eye on the fire, your best bet is to use Twitter and follow #PineFire or on Inciweb. Both the Wolf Fire (2002) and Day Fire (2006) burned near here but we don’t know when the last time this area specifically burned.
Best of luck and thanks to everyone involved in fighting the Pine Fire!