Springs Fire Update 8-21-19
Current Situation: Last night fire crews continued to bring fire carefully to the containment lines using strategic ignition tactics. Conducting firing at night allows cooler temperatures and higher humidity to moderate fire intensity and behavior in an area with a fuels accumulation problem. Smoke emissions continue to decline this week and air quality is anticipated to remain in the good (green) range. Moderate (yellow) smoke levels will become less likely. The forest is working closely with the Air Pollution Control Districts to balance the fire management program and health and visibility issues.
Fire’s Natural Role in the Ecosystem: Wildland fire has helped shape the beauty of the Sierra Nevada just like wind, rain, and snow. Each year, lightning strikes result in wildland fires. Naturally occurring fire allows forests to be thinned, opening the canopy and allowing sunlight through which allows for the sprouting and regrowth of plants, shrubs, and trees. Fire also allows for the recycling of nutrients to the soil while reducing the amount of dead, woody debris. Prior to Euro-American suppression policies, fires ignited in the summer months by lightning storms would burn throughout the late summer and fall in the Sierra Nevada every seven to twenty-five years in a given area. These fires would slowly smolder with the cooler and shorter days and eventually be extinguished by rain or snow. Restoring the natural fire regime protects watersheds, wildlife, increases biodiversity, increases forest resistance and resiliency in an uncertain future, reduces the risk of severe wildfire, and smoke effects. This response to the Springs Fire diminishes the risk of future fires being larger, more destructive, and smokier. “We know that fire management decisions impact local residents, visitors, and tourism,” said Incident Commander, Troy Maguire.” We respect the force of fire and take our responsibility very seriously”.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 26th, 2019 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||13 miles SE of Lee Vining, CA|
|Incident Commander||Troy Maguire|
|Coordinates||37.826 latitude, -118.872 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||37%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday September 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet)
Observed fire behavior is moderate. Fire is flanking and backing.
Continue to prepare fireline and conduct strategic firing operations, patrol and mop-up.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12-24 Moderate Activity
48-72 Moderate Activity
Hot and dry with poor recoveries. Low pressure trough possible on Wed/Thurs