2018 Fire and Smoke Impact Reports
Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 11:13 am
Please report here any fires or encounter smoky conditions during a recent trip to the Sierra. Please make sure to write the fires name in the subject box, including dates.
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https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/The Lions Fire started on the Sierra National Forest around June 1st as a lightning strike, and is burning near the Lion Point area in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It crossed onto the Inyo National Forest on June 22 and is now being co-managed by both the Sierra and the Inyo National Forests. Due to strong winds the evening of June 23 of 20-30 mph, the fire spread to the south and west and is now about 1000 acres, 7 miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes.
The fire is burning at 6000-8000’ elevation in red fir with some growth to the southeast. Large areas of standing dead and down timber are within and surrounding the burning area. There is no present threat to structures or public safety.
The fire will be managed for multiple resource and protection objectives including suppression, air quality, firefighter safety and hazardous vegetation reduction. Because the fire is burning in designated wilderness, fire officials will be using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics), such as using natural barriers for containment lines and minimizing mechanical disturbance with chainsaws or aircraft.
To maximize daylight work time, crews are camping near the fire and consist of four Type I hotshot crews and a Wildland Fire Module.
The communities near the fire can expect smoke impacts in varying degrees for the next two- three weeks. Air quality and smoke forecasts will be available as the incident progresses.
https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action ... r=0&tabs=0Most uncertainty in the forecast regards what extent smoke from the Lions Fire will have on our area. Yesterday the fire exploded with a very extensive smoke plume across northern Inyo County at sunset. Even now at 2 am, Bishop Airport is reporting 5 mile visibility. Experimental HRRR-Smoke and USFS Guidance shows the densest smoke, thus worst air quality staying along the eastern Sierra slopes and Owens Valley.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5850/June 25, 2018 The Lions Fire continues to burn in the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. Strong winds and dry conditions have resulted in the fire growing to 2,658 acres. The fire is burning in rugged and inaccessible terrain in the Stairway Creek drainage, north and west of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.
Large areas of standing dead and down timber (red fir) are within and surrounding the burn area. Presently there is no threat to structures or public safety. All trails remain open at this time, including the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail. Lateral trails leading into the fire area are being considered for closure in the near future. Hikers are advised to check the areas they are interested in going to before starting.
Firefighters are containing the spread by suppressing active burning and building direct and indirect fireline. The fire is being managed for multiple resource and protection objectives including suppression, air quality, firefighter safety and hazardous vegetation reduction. Because the fire is burning in designated wilderness, fire officials will be using MIST (Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics), such as using natural barriers for containment lines and minimizing line construction, only using hand construction. Additional resources have been ordered to assist in the implementation of fire objectives.
The communities near the fire can expect smoke impacts in varying degrees for at least the next week. Air quality and smoke forecasts will be available as the incident progresses.
There has been a Temporary Flight Restriction issued for a 5 mile radius around the fire. This does not impact flights landing at the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport.
To see smoke impacts in the area, visit webcams at Mammothmountain.com.
Smoke info here: http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/I'm not too worried about visibility, I'm more concerned with air quality. A long day huffing and puffing on the trail is not healthy if the PPM's are too high.