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FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:27 am

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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby Mradford » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:11 am

What a bummer!
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby BrianF » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:13 pm

Driving up 395 on Saturday night there was a tremendous amount of smoke in the owens valley from about the turnoff to Kennedy meadows to past Olancha. Views from Cirque peak on Sunday were hazy in all directions.
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:23 pm

Wow, this sound big, bad, and early in the season. :(
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby BrianF » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:42 pm

Almost 1700 acres now, They have been evacuating backpackers from the Golden Trout wilderness here is the link to the inciweb site:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2885/
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Re: FYI: George Fire well south of SEKI

Postby gdurkee » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:43 pm

Just a side note, this is actually well south of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Park (aka SEKI). Burning on the Sequoia National Forest and about 12 miles south of southern most tip of Sequoia Park.

But, everyone's right. This is darned early for a fire that size at that elevation (~6,000 feet).

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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:04 pm

Thanks for clarifying that, George. When I checked the map I thought the same, but assumed the Times Delta was correct. Either way, let's hope some of the rain made it down there today and slowed it down.
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:14 pm

The George fire, or more rightly the Freeman Creek Basin fire, is a real crying shame. As you travel up the Kern River from Kernville, you see what damage recent fires did to this beautiful area. By the time you got to the Freeman Creek basin, you finally entered a fire free oases. And now, some anus started a fire in this area near the George Bush tree, scorching another swath of forest, and you wonder is there is any Southern Sierra area that is untouched by fire? (Remember you can click on the pictures below.)
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The Freeman Creek Basin: This looking back (south) on the Jerky Meadow TH trail, west of Castle Rock. The fire started on the right, and traveled from right to left. You can see the dark green of the George Bush grove beneath the grey peaks on the right. The road enters the basin at about center picture.
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I hope the fire bypassed this great free camp next to Freeman Creek
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby jessegooddog » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:55 pm

Sure hope they got some of that rain yesterday. We could see and smell smoke in Independence all weekend.
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby DAVELA » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:42 am

jessegooddog wrote:Sure hope they got some of that rain yesterday. We could see and smell smoke in Independence all weekend.



How is the smoke now in owens valley?
Was planning to do a trip over to kearsarge lakes from onion valley...Thanks
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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby gdurkee » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:54 am

and you wonder is there is any Southern Sierra area that is untouched by fire?


The answer, of course, is no. Most all of California's ecosystems -- and especially southern California -- are shaped by fire as a major influence. The problem is over a hundred years of fire suppression has created extreme fuel loads in many areas. That's exacerbated by increasingly early fire seasons, likely driven by global climate change. Even without the increased fuel loads, though, very hot fires undoubtedly occurred as seen in the huge fire scars on all Giant Sequoias.

Doesn't make walking through burned areas more pleasant, unfortunately... (though I find fire areas fascinating -- nature at work!).

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Re: FYI: George Fire in SEKI

Postby jessegooddog » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:44 pm

Still no sign or smell of smoke in the Owens Valley and neighbors who hiked to Flower and Mattlock on Sunday did not see smoke. They said it is further south towards Olancha. Possibility of a little cooler weather with windy conditions over the weekend, Horseshoe Meadow was in the low 50s yesterday afternoon.
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