Community meeting in Mammoth for Lions Fire

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Community Meeting Planned for the Lions Fire

Smoke Advisory
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

Lions Fire and other wildfires including the
Ferguson Fire
Stage 2 Health Advisory
Affected Area: Mammoth Lakes

Smoke Sources: Lions Fire and other wildfires including the Ferguson Fire
Based on air pollution levels at the Mammoth Lakes PM10 monitor and the US Forest Service’s emergency PM2.5 monitor in Mammoth Lakes between 1:00 AM and 8:00 AM PDT a Stage 2 Air Pollution Health Advisory has been issued for Mono County. Other Mono County communities are likely to be impacted during different parts of the day. Visit www.gbuapcd.org for current information.

A Stage 2 Health Advisory recommends that everyone refrain from strenuous outdoor activities in the impacted areas.

Air pollution monitors in Mono County: Bridgeport, Lee Vining, June Lake, and Mammoth Lakes.

Additionally the US Forest Service has a PM2.5 Monitor deployed in Mammoth Lakes. Smoke conditions may change quickly. If you have any questions please visit: www.gbuapcd.org or call the Public Health

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.

From Monday

Notice:
A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:30
pm at the U.S. Forest Service Amphitheater located across the pavilion from 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.

Lions Fire Update

The Lions Fire is estimated to be 4,435 acres and 92% contained, growing 20 acres yesterday. Fire activity is on the western flank, where the fire continues to back into the Cargyle Creek Drainage on the Sierra National Forest. The fire is moving into areas of heavier fuels, so fire activity may increase today.

2018-07-30-SouthernSierra-Outlook

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, inaccessible areas. Crews have numerous rock barriers that they can use to help build indirect line. Helicopters are supporting them by cooling the fire’s edge with water drops.

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

Fire behavior remains low to moderate intensity with occasional tree torching. The area has seen approximately 50% tree mortality from bark beetles.

The Lions Fire currently has 106 total personnel assigned, including four crews and four helicopters. Resources continue to arrive.

Warm and dry conditions remain in the forecast.

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

Smoke Advisory

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

Multiple Fires including Ferguson, Perry and Lions Fires

Stage 1 Health Advisory

Affected Area: Mono County
Smoke Sources: Multiple Fires including Ferguson, Perry and Lions Fires

Based on air pollution levels at the Bridgeport Emergency PM2.5 monitor between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM PDT a Stage 1 Air Pollution Health Advisory has been issued for Mono County. Other Mono County communities can expect to see impacts this evening. Visit www.gbuapcd.org for current information.

A Stage 1 Health Advisory recommends children, the elderly, people with heart or lung problems, or people with current illnesses such as the flu, to stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activities in the impacted areas.

Air pollution monitors in Mono County: Bridgeport, Lee Vining, June Lake, and Mammoth Lakes. Additionally the US Forest Service has a PM2.5 Monitor deployed in Mammoth Lakes. Smoke conditions may change quickly. If you have any questions please visit: www.gbuapcd.org or call the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District office in Bishop at 760-872-8211 during regular business hours.

Health advisories on the web: https://gbuapcd.org/AirMonitoringData/HealthAdvisories/

More Information: Ferguson Fire InciWeb Page, Perry Fire InciWeb Page, and Lions Fire InciWeb Page

Current Smoke Information

Information on all smoke events being monitored in the District: https://gbuapcd.org/smoke/

California Statewide Fire Summary

Today, more than 12,000 firefighters remain on the lines of 17 large wildfires burning across California.  To date, these fires have burned almost 240,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 1,000 structures. An additional 25,000 homes continue to be threatened by these fires, and more than 52,000 residents have been evacuated.
Hot and dry conditions persist across the state. In Northern California, poor overnight humidity recovery is continues, and southwest to northwest winds with gusts 25-35 mph are forecast in the coastal mountains into the west side of the Sacramento Valley each afternoon and evening through Tuesday, increasing the fire danger. Southern California temperatures will remain above normal, with potential for isolated thunderstorms in some parts of the region.
With the extreme fire conditions, don’t wait to evacuate! Prepare now and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on evacuating, click here. En Español, clic aqui.
Fires of Interest:
Carr Fire, Shasta County (more info…)
Whiskeytown & Redding
•  98,724 acres, 20% contained
•  Evacuations and road closures in place
•  38,563 residents evacuated, over 5,000 homes threatened
•  723 residences destroyed, 157 residences damaged
•  Damage assessment is ongoing
•  CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 (Gouvea) in unified command with Whiskeytown NP (Young)
Mendocino Complex, Mendocino/Lake County
• 55,987 total acres, 10% contained
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 (Kavanaugh) in command
River Fire (more info…)
Hopland
• 20,911 acres, 5% contained
• Evacuations in place
• Six structures destroyed
Ranch Fire (more info…)
Ukiah
• 35,076 acres, 5% contained
• Evacuations in place
Ferguson Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park
• 56,659 acres, 30% contained
• Evacuations and road closures in effect
• California Federal Incident Management Team 4 (Kurth) assigned in unified command with CAL FIRE
Steele Fire, Napa County (more info…)
Capell
• 135 acres, 75% contained
• Eight structures destroyed, four damaged
• Evacuations have been lifted
Corner Fire, Shasta County
Hwy 299 E x Hwy 89, 8 mi E of Burney
State DPA, SRA, Shasta – Trinity Unit/ County
•  35 acres, brush, timber, 50% contained
Rock Fire, San Diego County (more info…)
Fallbrook
• 207 acres, 70% contained
Roxie Fire, Lassen County (more info…)
West of Susanville
• 167 acres, 90% contained
Crest Line Fire, Shasta County (more info…)
West of Burney
• 51 acres, 97% contained
Northeast of Porterville
•  100 acres, 100% contained
Ribbon Fire, Riverside County (more info…)
East of Anza
•  205 acres, 95% contained
•  Evacuations lifted
Pasqual Fire, San Diego County (more info…)
Ramona
•  365 acres, 95% contained
•  Unified Command CAL FIRE and San Diego City FD
Cranston Fire, Riverside County (more info…)
Hemet
•  13,139 acres, 57% contained
•  Evacuations in place
•  Unified Command CAL FIRE and USFS
Whaleback Fire, Lassen County (more info…)
West of Spaulding (Eagle Lake)
•  14,098 acres, 20% contained
•  Evacuations in place
•  Unified command USFS NorCal Team 1 (Coots), CAL FIRE (Ferguson)
Georges Fire, Inyo County (more info…)
Lone Pine
•  2,883 acres, 70% contained
Horse Creek Fire, Tulare County (more info…)
John Krebs Wilderness Area
•  34 acres, 90% contained
Valley Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
Yucaipa
•  1,348 acres, 29% contained
Natchez Fire, Del Norte County (more info…)
Southeast of Cave Junction, OR
•  4,613 acres, 10% contained
Eagle Fire, Modoc County (more info…)
South of Cedarville
•  2,100 acres, 95% contained

 

 

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