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 4,435 acres and 92% contained, growing 20 acres yesterday. Fire activity is on the western flank, where the fire continues to back into the Cargyle Creek Drainage on the Sierra National Forest. The fire is moving into areas of heavier fuels, so fire activity may increase today. 


Fire crews are using a variety of methods to suppress this fire. Crews continue to construct direct handline where they can as well as building indirect handline in the steep, inaccessible areas. Crews have numerous rock barriers that they can use to help build indirect line. Helicopters are supporting them by cooling the fire’s edge with water drops.


Crews will continue to improve the handline along the northwest flank of the fire (south of Fern Lake). Crews plan to use this line to complete burning operations (if necessary). This creates a blackline that removes fuels in front of the main fire. 


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


The Lions Fire currently has 106 total personnel assigned, including four crews and four helicopters. Resources continue to arrive.


Warm and dry conditions remain in the forecast.


The Reds Meadow Road and all services in the Reds Meadow Valley, including Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls, remain open.


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).


Smoke: Smoke from the Lions Fire is visible along the Reds Meadow Road (Minaret Vista, Devils Postpile National Monument), Mammoth Mountain, and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Significant fire activity from numerous fires throughout the state is affecting air quality in the Eastern Sierra.