Lions Fire Update

Contact(s): Deb Schweizer, Public Affairs Officer,760-873-2427

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Lions Fire Update


The Lions Fire is estimated to be 4,415 acres and 92% contained. It showed 138 acres of growth yesterday. Fire activity is primarily on the western flank, where the fire continued to back into the Cargyle Creek Drainage on the Sierra National Forest


Today firefighters are looking to suppress the fire through confine and contain strategies, looking for indirect handline in the steep, inaccessible areas. Crews have numerous rock barriers that they can use to help build this line. 


Crews are also looking for locations to completing burning operations to create a blackline to remove fuels in front of the fire. Their current focus in the northeast flank from Fern Lake to Iron Mountain to secure that fireline to protect the developed areas in the Reds Meadow Valley.


Fire behavior remains low to moderate intensity with occasional tree torching. The area has seen approximately 50% tree mortality from bark beetles.


National fire activity has increased immensely and the nation is now at a preparedness level of 5. The Lions Fire currently has 106 total personnel assigned, including four crews and three helicopters. More resources are on order.


Warmer and drier conditions are in the forecast, but there is still the potential for lightning and showers in the area.


Closures: There is an emergency trail closure for the Fern Lake and Beck Lake Trails on the Inyo National Forest and emergency trail closures and a Forest Order to close the area on the Sierra National Forest (west of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and South of Iron Creek). Please see the attached closure order.


There is currently no threat to life or property. The Reds Meadow Road and all services in the Reds Meadow Valley, including Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls, remain open. Smoke may be visible from Minaret Vista, Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Mountain, areas along the Reds Meadow Road, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The Ferguson Fire to the north and west has been impacting the area with smoke as well.