4 hikers reported lost in Sierra forest fire smoke

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HUNTINGTON LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Fresno County authorities are searching for four hikers who got lost in the Sierra National Forest because of the smoke from a nearby forest fire.

Sheriff’s officials said they received a 911 cell phone call on Tuesday evening from one of the hikers who said that she, her mother, and two other women had become disoriented in the smoke.

Using the GPS system on her phone, authorities determined the women were on the John Muir Trail northeast of Huntington Lake. The area is about 20 miles from the 4-day-old Aspen Creek Fire.

A search helicopter was dispatched, but did not locate the women; the search was continuing on foot Thursday.

The lightning-sparked fire has burned about 2,500 acres of forest and is not threatening any communities.

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