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Georges Fire

Unit Information

Inyo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
351 Pacu Ln #200
Bishop, CA 93514

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Incident Contact

Deb Schweizer
Phone: 760-873-2427
Hours: M-F, 0800-1630

Highlighted Activity

07/14/2018 Georges Fire Morning Update for July 14, 2018
Lone Pine, CA, July 14, 2018 - The Georges Fire (lightning-caused) is currently at 2,883 acres and is 42% contained. Today, management of the fire transitioned to a local Type 4 team, comprised of...
News - 07/14/2018
Georges Fire Operations Map July 13, 2018Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Georges Fire is a lightning-caused fire that started on July 8 north of Lone Pine, west of Manzanar National Historic Site, and south of Bairs Creek.

The fire was actively suppressed along the Owens Valley to protect life and property such as Whitney Portal, Lone Pine, and Manzanar National Historic Site. Due to fire activity, the Whitney Portal area was evacuated and closed for two days. No structures have been destroyed. Monsoonal moisture helped slowed the fire’s growth.

While these areas in the valley floor are now safely contained, much of the western fireline of the Georges Fire is in steep, inaccessible terrain as the fire burned into the mountains of the Eastern Sierra. Firefighters cannot access this flank of the fire. As such, firefighters are using a confinement strategy in this area. There may be continued fire activity as fuels dry out and fire activity picks up. The fire will eventually “rock out” as the fire reaches the granite cliffs and the absence of fuel.

You may notice smoke as your drive between Lone Pine and Independence or as you head to local trailheads. Please DO NOT REPORT this fire. There is currently no threat to life or property.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 08th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationNorth of Lone Pine, west of Manzanar
Incident CommanderMike Wakowski, Incident Commander SoCal Team 3
Coordinates36.646 latitude, -118.221 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel271
Size2,883 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained42%
Fuels Involved

sage brush


Planned Actions

Crews will continue direct and indirect line construction and mop up completed line.