Indian Fire Update

Release Date: Aug 12, 2017  

Small FS EmblemSmoke and flames from the Indian Fire at sunset.

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News Release

August 12, 2017

Media Contact: Deb Schweizer
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Twitter: @inyoinfo

Central Sierra Smoke Forecast

Indian Fire Update

  Fire Facts:

Size: 950 acres

Cause: Appears to be lightning

Containment: 5%

Crews: 5

Fuel Type: Whitethorn/Jeffrey pine

Aircraft: 5 helicopters

Location: Golden Trout Wilderness north of the Jordon Hot Springs at 8,400 ft.

Personnel: 185


Yesterday, the fire continued to creep down to the Redrock Creek drainage, crossed over the creek, and became established on the east side. The fire is growing to the north and east towards Redrock Meadows. Aircraft operations were also focused on this drainage. The fire on the west has been holding for the last three days with little to no smoke visible and slowly backing on the southern flank. 

Fire crews have started constructing indirect and direct handline on the north end of the fire where the fire has moved out of the 2002 McNally Fire footprint and its associated snag fields. Snags (standing dead trees) remain a substantial safety concern. Crews are taking all necessary measures to avoid this hazard.

Crews are using trail systems and natural barriers for containment using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) to help protect wilderness character in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Crews are being supported by US Forest Service pack stock. There is currently no threat to life or property.

The forest has implemented an emergency closure of the following trails due to the fire and the substantial hazard created by falling snags:

  • Casa Vieja to Redrock Meadows via Jordon Hot Springs

  • Casa Vieja to Redrock Meadows via Lost Trout Creek (Beer Keg Meadow)

  • Redrock Meadows to Templeton Cow Camp

  • Redrock Meadows to Little Whitney Meadow

Fire crews are using Jordon Hot Springs for fire operations. Smoke is visible and drifting into the southern Owens Valley between Olancha and Lone Pine as areas throughout the southern Sierra, including the Kennedy Meadows and Kern River Valley.