Updates on Indian, Butte fires

The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District issued a Level 2 Smoke Alert for Olancha and a Level 1 Smoke Alert for Lone Pine and Keeler. http://www.gbuapcd.org/

Here’s the link for the smoke forecast for today: https://www.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/CentralSierraFires#S

News Release

August 13, 2017

Media Contact: Deb Schweizer
(760) 873-2427
debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us

www.facebook.com/inyonf

Twitter: @inyoinfo
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5469/

 

Indian Fire Update

  Fire Facts:

 

Size: 2015 acres Cause: Appears to be lightning
Containment: 5% Crews: 6
Fuel Type: Whitethorn/Jeffrey pine Aircraft: 6 helicopters, 1 air attack fixed wing
Location: Golden Trout Wilderness north of the Jordon Hot Springs at 8,400 ft. Personnel: 229

 

Yesterday, the fire became established on the west side of Redrock Creek and burned steadily throughout the day to southern Toowa Ridge. Fire behavior remains moderate with backing, flanking, and short-range spotting observed.

 

Crews can use Toowa Ridge for a better and safer opportunity to scout and construct direct handlines. Crews continued direct and indirect handline along a ridge to the Cold Meadows Trail on the northern flank. The fire continued to burn with little to no intensity on the west flank allowing direct handline to be started from the top of the ridge to the south towards Nine Mile Creek.

 

Although the fire has started moving out of the high intensity 2002 McNally Fire footprint, snags (standing dead trees) remain a substantial safety concern. Crews are taking all necessary measures to avoid this hazard. Crews are using trail systems and natural barriers for containment using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) to help protect wilderness character in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Crews are being supported by US Forest Service pack stock. There is currently no threat to life or property.

The forest has implemented an emergency closure of the following trails due to the fire and the substantial hazard created by falling snags:

  • Casa Vieja to Redrock Meadows via Jordon Hot Springs
  • Casa Vieja to Redrock Meadows via Lost Trout Creek (Beer Keg Meadow)
  • Redrock Meadows to Templeton Cow Camp
  • Redrock Meadows to Little Whitney Meadow

Smoke is visible and drifting into the southern Owens Valley between Olancha and Lone Pine as areas throughout the southern Sierra, including the Kennedy Meadows and Kern River Valley.  Smoke settled into Lone Pine and Olancha yesterday evening.

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BUTTE FIRE

Butte
Incident Update Sheet
Date Time Information Officer Information #
8-13-17 7:00 A.M. Daniel Tune 559-360-9663
Incident Details
Start Date 8-7-17 Cause Lightning
Start Time Unknown Acres 630
Incident Type Natural Fire % Containment 40
Jurisdiction Sierra N.F. Bass Lake District Date of Containment N/A
Location: Ansel Adams North of the Middle Fork of
the San Joaquin River and South of Cargyle Meadow.
Latitude 37 ° 33.0000
Longitude -119° 09.9000
Resources
Engines Hand Crews Dozers Helicopters Air Tankers
0 7 0 7 0
Total Personnel: 145
Assisting Agencies: Inyo National Forest, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Great Basin Air
Resources
Structures
Threatened Damaged Destroyed
0 0 0
Current Situation: The fire is located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Suppression resources are at
scene and engaged. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire.
Moderating fire behavior allowed fire crews to make good progress yesterday.
Smoke impact from area fires is a concern. Current imagery and information is
available at the California Smoke Blog: http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/
Evacuations: N/A
Road/Trail Closures: Sierra NF: Mammoth Trailhead closed.
Inyo NF: Fern Creek Trail closed at Granite Staircase Junction.
SierraNF @Sierra_NF
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