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Lions Fire

Unit Information

Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

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This will be the final update for the Lions Fire as an active incident. The fire will be placed in a monitoring status. Containment numbers will be updated as final heat pockets dissipate and season ending weather arrives.

Fire crews worked successfully and held containment lines as the fire met rock face in other areas, slowly consuming the remaining fuel. The infrared (IR) and reconnaissance flights this weekend showed minimal fire growth. Aircraft continued to provide personnel and equipment retrieval until all personnel were off of the incident.

Suppression repair has been underway and finished on Sunday, with those crews being released and made available for other fire assignments. Due to the near vertical terrain on parts of the north and west flanks, containment will remain at 85% until a season ending weather event occurs, or IR flights show no trace of heat. It is too dangerous to place fire fighters into those areas to check the ground by hand. The Sierra National Forest will update the containment at the appropriate time.

Closures and Restrictions: The Sierra and Inyo National Forests have implemented fire restrictions on National Forest lands. The following restrictions are in effect: No campfires, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside designated developed recreation sites, and specifically posted campsites or areas. No fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks are allowed. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Forest Order #05-04-50-18-04 Inyo National Forest

Road and Trail Closures: Inyo National Forest: Fern Lake and Beck Lake Trails are open for recreation. Forest Order#05-00-50-18-14 Sierra National Forest: There are emergency trail closures and a Forest Order to close the area west of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and South of Iron Creek.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning Strike
Date of OriginWednesday July 11th, 2018 approx. 12:00 PM
Location7 miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes
Incident CommanderRobert Moreno,IC
Incident DescriptionThe Fire Is Burning In An Area With 50% Mortality (bug Kill)at Approximately 6000-8000' In Red Fir, Brush And Heavy Blowdown From A 2011 Wind Event.
Coordinates37.571 latitude, -119.118 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size13,347 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 07th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

The divisions on the eastern flank of the fire have been declared fully contained. Ifrared flights have shown minimal growth in areas where the fire is still active.


Planned Actions

Monitoring and holding containment lines remain the priority on the western flank of the fire where there is some heat. Two 20 man crews will be engaged in suppression repair on contingency lines constructed north and east of Clover Meadow.

Projected Incident Activity

Aircraft will be used in the patrol and monitoring of lines to the north where the fire is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain.


Resources Advisors will continue to provide direction related to the repair of fire suppression impacts.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The next two days will see slightly higher temperatures as an eastern Pacific high pressure ridge develops over southern California and moves north. Near the Crest, a 20 percent chance of Thunderstorms in the afternoon. Over higher Elevations, southwest Winds around 25 Mph in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 86 at 5000 feet. 67 to 73 at 8000 feet