2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

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Rattlesnake Fire 9/23

Post by maverick » Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:50 pm

According to the Caltopo Map it has overrun the HST and the northern flank is heading up the Kern Canyon to Chagoopa Falls heading towards Kern Hot Springs. :(
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by CAMERONM » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:50 pm

My permit just got cancelled (again)
Inyo National Forest as well as many other National Forests in California are closed (effective 9/7/20) due to the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit.
This closure includes wilderness permits. Wilderness permits for 9/7/20 through 9/30/20 have been cancelled. This may be extended if needed. Permits canceled due to this closure will be refunded automatically through your recreation.gov account.

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Sieera Webcams 9/30

Post by maverick » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:59 am

Sierra round-up:
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SQF Complex Fire Breaching Sequioa NP Borders

Post by maverick » Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:45 am

The fires northern flank has reached Hockett Lakes and is quickly heading towards Hockett Meadows/Ranger Station, South Fork Ranger Station, and Homers Nose Grove. :(
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Rattlesnake Fire

Post by maverick » Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:49 am

Embers seem to have started a separate smaller fire just north of the main fire, burning of the eastern and western sides of the Kern, at the southern end of the Red Spur.
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by CAMERONM » Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:49 pm

Mono Hot Springs is dead center in this screenshot. Does not look good. It is very close to VVR now.
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by ERIC » Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:48 pm

Personal account (with pics and video) from a VVR employee.

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by CAMERONM » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:44 am

Hopefully they can hold a small perimeter around the VVR buildings
Screen Shot 2020-10-07 at 8.31.02 AM copy.jpg
. The fire moved fast overnight.
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by oddtiger » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:29 am

Last night they performed a backfire operation. That may contribute to the most overnight hotspots on the map.
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by aaron_in_sf » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:14 pm

I wish people would use something other than Facebook. I am keenly interested in learning what went down; but won't participate in that ecosystem. :/

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