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A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 18 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

36.271 latitude, -118.486 longitude

Incident Overview

Oct. 21 Lion Fire Smoke Report

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#LIONFIRE Smoke Report - Oct. 21, 2017

Smoke: Little to no air quality impacts expected for the weekend as a result of Lion Fire smoke. Camp Nelson may continue to see some minor impacts from interior smoldering of the Pier Fire.

Fire: All significant activity remains on the far easternmost area of the Lion Fire, east of Angora Mountain to the Kern River. Very little smoke production is expected today.


Other: Forecasts reflect fine particulate matter only - not ozone. Real-time air quality conditions: https://tinyurl.com/yd7ngvd8


Please visit Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District - Home for more air quality information.


Oct. 20, 2017 Summary:

The Lion Fire remains at 19,215 acres, and 75 percent contained. The fire continues to hold in the south and west containment lines with the fire remaining active on Angora Mountain between the Coyote Lakes Trail (32E05) and Shotgun Pass Trail (32E01) west of the Kern River.

Today, crews will continue to go direct on the fire’s edge with the support of water drops from helicopters, if weather allows. Low cloud cover in the area is creating a challenge for aircraft support this morning. Air support is prepared to assist ground crews once visibility improves.

A weak cold front moved through the area with a minimal amount of moisture. Northwest winds are moving 8–12 mph with temperatures in the low to mid 50’s. Most of the smoke is contained within the fire area.

Crews continue to use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), using old burn areas, rock outcroppings, open areas of sparse fuels, and water sources to slow the fires spread. Burn scars used to slow the fire’s progression are from the 2011 Lion Fire, 2013 Fish Fire, and 2015 Cabin Fire.


A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National Forest visitors by prohibiting entry into the area while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place, helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety. Backcountry users planning trips to the Golden Trout Wilderness are asked to call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 for the latest information on trail closures.


Smoke Impacts:

Major reduction in smoke impacts today with the passage of a cold front, some light showers, and breezy Northwest winds. No significant air quality issues are expected as a result of Lion Fire smoke. Camp Nelson may continue to see some impacts from the Pier Fire. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. For Lion Fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

Please visit Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District - Home for more air quality information.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday September 24th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationNear Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest
Incident CommanderRonald Salazar USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel120
Size19,215 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateMonday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber litter and understory, 2-ft tall brush, and 1-ft tall grass. Pine needles and timber litter

Outlook

Remarks

Forest Closure Order 0513-17-41, has closed trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness northeast of Grey Meadow, northwest of Trout Meadow, east of Nelson Cabin, and south of the Park boundary.

Jerky Meadow and Summit Trails which encompasses the southern and western areas of the control lines were added to the closure area Oct. 12, 2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weak tropical disturbance will move across the fire area on Tuesday. Mid and high level clouds will increase with a 20 percent chance of a light rain shower through Tuesday evening. High pressure prevails for Wednesday before a weakening trough of low pressure passes through the region on Thursday. Winds on the fire will remain terrain driven with normal slope and valley conditions prevailing. Relative humidity will trend upward over the next few days.

Unit Information

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 South Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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Email: 2017LionFire@Gmail.com
Phone: 559-784-1500 ext. 1112
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