Indian Fire

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Indian Fire


Approximate Location

36.257 latitude, -118.296 longitude

Incident Overview

Smoke from fire burning in steep terrain.

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Fire behavior has moderated with minimal new growth in the last 24 hours. Crews are continuing to construct direct and indirect hand line between Jordon Hot Springs and Indian Head in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Pumps and hoselays have been deployed to begin securing handlines and protect nearby cabins in Long Canyon and Ninemile Creeks if needed. Significant progress has been made over the last couple of days due to the tremendous efforts of ground resources, aviation resources, Inyo NF and BLM Bishop Field Office’s local Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Firefighter safety is the top priority. Snags (standing dead trees), heavy surface fuel loading, decadent brush and rugged terrain remain a substantial safety concern. Crews are taking all necessary measures to avoid or mitigate these hazards. In addition to handlines, crews are using existing trail systems and natural barriers for containment using Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) to help protect wilderness values and character in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Crews are also being supported by US Forest Service pack stock. There is currently no threat to life or property.

The horse coral at the Black Rock Trailhead is currently full, which is being used by the U.S. Forest Service pack stock.

The forest has ordered a closure of the following trails due to the fire and the substantial hazard created by falling snags:

Casa Vieja to Redrock Meadows via Jordon Hot Springs
Casa Vieja to Redrock Meadows via Lost Trout Creek
Redrock Meadows to Templeton Cow Camp
Redrock Meadows to Little Whitney Meadow

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday August 02nd, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
LocationNorth of Jordan Hot Springs
Incident CommanderTodd McDivitt

Current Situation

Total Personnel277
Size2,624 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained20%
Fuels Involved

Whitethorn and Jeffrey pine

Significant Events

Trail Closures



Burning in 2002 McNally Fire footprint. Snags are a substantial safety concern.

Unit Information

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Inyo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
351 Pacu Lane
Suite 200
Bishop, CA 93514

Incident Contact

Deb Schweizer
Phone: 760-873-2427
Hours: M-F- 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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