Springs fire update 8/8/19

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Springs fire update 8/8/19

Current Situation: The Inyo National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Organization is managing the Springs Fire. Firefighters continued with holding and mop-up operations through the day. Crews assigned to night shift continued with tactical firing operations, for a total fire growth of 91 acres yesterday. This continues to provide more depth to the control line securing the established anchor point. Afternoon thunderstorms are expected to bring strong downdraft and erratic winds, beginning around 1 p.m. today. Fire managers and crews on the fireline anticipate a growth of approximately 60-70 acres today. Early morning light smoke/haze is also likely farther down east toward the Benton/Hammil Valley area, possibly as far as the Bishop/Owens Valley. Fire management have based strategic and tactical decision making on historical and scientific data for the purpose of managing for multiple objectives including protection, suppression and resource benefit. Springs fire updates will be going to once a day, beginning today. The next update will be sent out on Saturday August 10, 2019. The Who’s Who of the Incident Management Organization: The Springs fire incorporated an Air Resources Advisor and trainee into their Incident Management Organization. The Air Resources Advisor is responsible for the daily smoke outlook. Meteorology and fire activity (emissions) are used to determining where smoke might accumulate. The smoke likes to follow wind, and sink in evenings into low lying valleys. There are several permanent smoke monitors in the area, and two new temporary monitors were just installed in June Lake and Benton to monitor Springs fire smoke. They also collaborate with the local Air Pollution Control District for any incident they are on. They look at hourly smoke data to see where the smoke has been, where it is, and predict where it will go along with how dense it will be. The daily smoke outlook will tell you the overall Air Quality Index (AQI), and give the best information they have about the likely hourly pattern (Nowcast) of smoke, so you can avoid it. Soft Closure Order: A soft closure order is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. Forest Roads 1S17 from HWY 120 East to the Junction of 1S04. Forest Road 1S04 is closed from Forest Road 1S17 junction to Forest Road 1S02. Forest Road 1S12 is closed from the 1S17 junction to 1S02. The Springs Fire Incident Commander asks that all motorists observe and obey all posted signs and barricades to ensure for the safety of all public and firefighters. For the latest information try these sources:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6477/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/inyonf
Twitter: @Inyo_NF





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