Lions Fire Update

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Lions Fire Update


The Lions Fire is estimated at 7,889 acres with 65% containment, showing an increase of 340 acres. There are 170 personnel committed to the fire, including 7 crews, 4 helicopters, and a pack string of mules from the Stanislaus National Forest.


The fire remains on the western flank in the Cargyle Creek drainage of the Sierra National Forest. Similar fire activity is expected today. 


Fire crews continue to make progress constructing direct and indirect fireline along the southwest and west flanks in an effort to keep the fire from crossing the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Along the western flank, crews are using trail networks and rock barriers for containment lines. Helicopters are supporting them by cooling the fire’s edge with water drops as air conditions permit.


The fireline along the northeast flank of the fire remains secure (south of Fern Lake).  Burning operations will continue in this northeast section to strengthen the fireline as conditions allow. This focused effort protects developed areas in Devils Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow, and Mammoth Lakes.


There has been 50% tree mortality from bark beetles and drought conditions in this area.  Yesterday’s observed fire activity included moderate backing, flanking, and single-tree torching.  In the south and west flanks the fire is moving downslope.


Hot and dry conditions remain in the forecast with light easterly winds expected for this evening. There is a significant warming and drying trend predicted for this week.


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: See the smoke outlook report.