2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

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2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by TehipiteTom » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:34 am

Haven't seen a thread on this here (mods, if there is one feel free to consolidate) and sadly I think we're going to need it. For starters, it looks like the Aspen Creek fire near Mammoth Pool is having a severe impact on the central Sierra (Mammoth, Bear Lakes area, etc.). The smoke is so thick in some places that one party near Lake Italy lost all sense of direction (see caddis' post in the Backpacking board).

Any on-the ground reports on smoke conditions this year?
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Re: Fire & Smoke Reports 2013

Post by caddis » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:10 am

I've read there are a dozen other small fires from lightening strikes but they aren't attempting to suppress them due to manpower issues. (Budget cuts to pay for a $100,000,000 vacation in Africa ;) ) This would suggest high elevation. Has anyone seen the smoke from any of these?
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Re: Fire & Smoke Reports 2013

Post by tim » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:51 pm

You can find updates on Inciweb, it looks like most of the other fires are very small:
Summary: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3551/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
SEKI fires: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3551/19358/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Aspen fire updates are here: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3552/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Fire & Smoke Reports 2013

Post by maverick » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:53 pm

Latest Aspen fire update: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/ne ... RDB5429354" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Please chime in if you were effected by this fire or any others down the line (hopefully
not). Photos of the smoke in the area would be great so folks planning on backpacking
to the area will be advised and can change their plans accordingly. Thanks
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by schmalz » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:06 pm

Humphrey's Basin, 7/24 late afternoon

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by rlown » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:27 pm

that's a lot of friggn smoke. at least the dog was happy!

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by austex » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:24 pm

I was at Rock Creek Lake yesterday and it was real smokey in the afternoon. Today was real clear I suspect b/c of no wind.

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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by Rockchucker » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:04 pm

Smokey as hell right now.
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by maverick » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:42 pm

As of 7 am today the fire has grown to 4500 acres and is 0% contained. :(
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/ne ... RDB5429354" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: 2013 Fire & Smoke Reports

Post by caddis » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:34 pm

Here is an image of the Aspen fire perimeter


http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3552/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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