Lions Fire Update

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Lions Fire Update


The Lions Fire is estimated to be 5,456 acres and 72% contained, showing 361 acres of growth yesterday. Fire activity remains on the western flank, where the fire moved into heavier fuels and has spread upslope along the Cargyle Creek Drainage on the Sierra National Forest. Similar fire activity is expected today. 


Crews initiated burning operations along the northeast flank of the fire (south of Fern Lake) to create a blackline to remove fuels in front of the main fire. Along the western flank, crews are looking to use trail networks and rock barriers for new containment lines. Helicopters are supporting them by cooling the fire’s edge with water drops.


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 continued 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.


More than 100 people attended a community meeting yesterday at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center.  There was an update on the fire situation and air quality issues.  An informal question and answer session brought the meeting to a close.