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Springs Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Kirstie Butler
Phone: (760) 920-7149
Hours: SS 8am-6pm

Highlighted Activity

08/12/2019 Springs TFR Information
> NOTAM Number : FDC 9/7847 Download shapefiles Issue Date : August 11, 2019 at 2330 UTC Location : MONO COUNTY, California near BISHOP VOR/DME (BIH) Beginning Date and Time : August 12, 2019 at...
Closure - 08/12/2019
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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”.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 26th, 2019 approx. 04:00 PM
Location13 miles SE of Lee Vining, CA
Incident CommanderTroy Maguire
Coordinates37.826 latitude, -118.872 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel248
Size3,029 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained37%
Estimated Containment DateSunday September 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory), Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Observed fire behavior is moderate. Fire is flanking and backing.


Planned Actions

Continue to prepare fireline and conduct strategic firing operations, patrol and mop-up.

Projected Incident Activity

12-24 Moderate Activity

48-72 Moderate Activity

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry with poor recoveries. Low pressure trough possible on Wed/Thurs

Recent Articles

Air Quality Report 8-16-19 News - 5 days ago
Air Quality Report 8-15-19 News - 6 days ago
Air Quality Report 8-14-19 News - 7 days ago
Springs TFR Information Closure - 8/12/2019