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Taboose Fire

Unit Information

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

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Taboose Fire Information
Phone: 760-282-4198

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Last night the Taboose fire stayed in place and remains at 9,438 acres with 61% containment. It was quiet until 1:30AM last night, when the winds started blowing erratically at 30 to 35 mph. Night crews observed a steady glow in a few spots, but no movement. Fire lines were wind-tested last night and the Taboose Fire did not move.

The Red Flag Warning continues through today to 9PM. According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds are predicted for today with a High Wind Advisory going into effect from 2PM to 9PM today. Winds will come from the south to southwest over the fire area. Note that additional crews remain pre-positioned and staffing of firefighters by CAL FIRE, Cal OES, and the National Forest are available through this wind event.

After 9PM this evening, the winds are expected to drop off dramatically. If the fire remains in place through this evening, firefighting resources will ramp down tomorrow.

Residents: please make sure you have opted into the Inyo County Sheriff’s CodeRed notification system. In the event there is a need for evacuation, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department will make notification with this tool. All residents are encouraged to opt in and register their landline and/or mobile numbers with CodeRed to receive emergency and important notifications. An explanation of the system can be found on the Inyo National Forest, CAL FIRE San Bernardino, and Inyo County Sheriff’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To everyone in the Owens Valley – residents and visitors alike – this is the day!

Please be mindful of the fire danger.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday September 04th, 2019 approx. 06:30 PM
Locationsouth west of Big Pine and north west of Aberdeen
Incident CommanderChris Fogle/Norm Walker/Paul Melendrez
Incident DescriptionUnified Command With Cal Fire.
Coordinates37.034 latitude, -118.345 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel575
Size9,438 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained61%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

brush, short grass and timber


Planned Actions

Red Flag Warning is still in effect. Overall operational assignments will be the monitoring of established control lines and taking immediate action on any potential increases of fire behavior inside the fire perimeter and/or spot fires before they become established as well as responding to new starts within the incident's responsibility area.

Projected Incident Activity

The Red Flag Warning will continue through 9:00 pm today. Continued high risk for long range spotting with the potential to cross established containment lines, which could lead to rapid fire spread outside of the existing fire perimeter.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Winds will weaken slightly in the morning and become more southerly, then strengthen and become more west southwest again in the last afternoon through the evening with strongest gusts of 50-60 mph expected.

Relative humidity will dip down to 8-15% and combined with strong winds, will create extreme fire weather conditions. Light isolated showers are possible in the afternoon, along with low visibility at times due to blowing dust and sand.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through this evening due to strong winds and low relative humidity, and a Wind Advisory remains in effect for this afternoon and evening for strong winds.