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Re: El Portal Fire

Postby oleander » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:47 pm

I have a trip to that area planned. Is there a wind map showing smoke direction? Thanks.



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French Fire 7/28

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:15 pm

2000 Acres, south of Mammoth Pool Reservoir, near tail end of Minarets Road
on western side of Sierra. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4013/
Here we go, fire season in the higher season has begun. :\
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on to ensure confusions. Thanks

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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:27 pm

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El Portal Fire

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:44 pm

7/29 Up to 3,060 acres, 19% contained.
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4012/
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby Buford » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:02 pm

Mineral King valley was filled with smoke this morning. Don't know where the fire is. Thunderstorms the last two days. Trip report pending.
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French Fire

Postby BigMan » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:51 am

I'm near Millerton Lake right now. It's fairly smoky.

I'm on my way to Bear Diversion Dam / Bear Lakes, but because of the smoke I'm considering heading to King's Canyon / Monarch Divide instead.

Hmmm, what to do, what to do.
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French Fire

Postby BigMan » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:14 am

Just called the High Sierra Visitor Information Station On Kaiser Pass Road. Ranger's not sure about Bear Lakes but says its "pretty smoky" where he's at, FWIW.
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:42 am

Buford wrote:
Mineral King valley was filled with smoke this morning. Don't know where the fire is.


There have been a couple of fires, now 100% contained, in the the Lake Isabella area
from which the smoke could impact the MK area with the right wind conditions.
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El Portal and French Fire 7/30

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:27 pm

French Fire is up to 5,600 acres, a 3600 acre increase. :eek:
El Portal is up to 3,545 acres, a 485 acre increase.

PS. Sierra NF restrictions during the French Fire: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 810863.pdf
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby mauhler31 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:55 pm

I also have a trip planned out of the Mammoth area this upcoming week and am putting together some backup plans in case the smoke gets bad. Any ideas on how far north or south I may need to go to minimize the smoke? I'm going with a group of 5, so somewhere where there are no trailhead quotas would be preferable. I'm considering Emigrant or Carson Pass, but I'm not sure if that's north enough to avoid the smoke.
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Re: 2014 Fire & Smoke Reports

Postby oleander » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:47 pm

Smoke in both Bishop and Independence for a few hours, today, July 30. Very poor visibility in mountains near Bishop for a while. Local folks say this is the first smoke to impact the towns. It's unclear which particular fire(s) were to blame for the smoke here today. Clear now, no smoke smell or look.
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El Portal Fire / French Fire Updates 7/31

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:52 pm

El Portal Fire: 3,900 acres 34% contained, a 355 acres increase.

French Fire: 7,024 10% contained, a 1424 acres increase.
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