Lions Fire Update

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


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Lions Fire Update

                                                               

A COMMUNITY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018 AT 5:30 PM AT THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE AUDITORIUM LOCATED AT THE MAMMOTH LAKES WELCOME CENTER, 2510 MAIN ST.

 

The team will give an update on the fire, the plan for the fire in the upcoming days, and address smoke concerns within the community.

 

The Lions Fire is estimated to be 5,095 acres and 80% contained, showing 660 acres of growth yesterday. Fire activity remains on the western flank, where the fire moved into heavier fuels yesterday and then spread upslope along the Cargyle Creek Drainage on the Sierra National Forest. Similar fire activity is expected 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, rugged areas. Crews have numerous rock barriers that they can use to help build this line. Helicopters are supporting them by cooling the fire’s edge with water drops.

 

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

 

Fire behavior is moderate to high intensity where uphill, wind-driven growth is occurring. The area has seen approximately 50% tree mortality from bark beetles.

 

The Lions Fire currently has 111 total personnel assigned, including four crews and four helicopters. Resources continue to arrive.

 

Warm and dry conditions remain in the forecast with the potential for scattered thunderstorms for the next several days.

 

The Reds Meadow Road and all services in the Reds Meadow Valley, including Devils Postpile National Monument 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.

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