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Iris Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Deb Schweizer
Phone: 760-873-2427
Hours: M-F, 8:00-4:30

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07/28/2020 Iris Fire Final Daily Update for July 28, 2020
Iris Fire- Final Update   Size: 120 acres Containment: 93% Location: East of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground Fuels: Sagebrush, pinyon/juniper Cause: Lightning   Update:...
News - 07/28/2020
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Rock Creek Road at Tom’s Place Has Reopened.  Motorists are advised to drive with caution as fire equipment may be coming in and out of the area and firefighters may occasionally be near the roadway. Please drive slowly for firefighter safety!


Crews continue to patrol throughout the fire area. The focus remains on the 7% of open fire line on northeast corner of the fire, where crews continue to make progress improving containment lines and mopping up in very rugged and steep terrain.

Today, crews continue  fire suppression repair. This is a process where crews work to reduce the risk of soil erosion from fire line construction and other suppression activities. 

California Incident Management Team (CIIMT) 13 Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander will be transitioning the fire back to the Inyo National Forest Type 4 incident Management Team at 6:00 pm. Additional Information regarding the fire will be on an as needed basis.

Weather: Dryer conditions are forecast today with breezy afternoon conditions through Wednesday.

Open: Rock Creek Road has re-opened as have most campgrounds. All resorts, and cabins are open. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as fire equipment may be coming in and out of the area and firefighters may occasionally be near the roadway. Please drive slowly for firefighter safety! Please note that Holiday and Palisade campgrounds remain closed for use by firefighters and equipment for the next several days.

All wilderness permits for the Rock Creek Canyon trailheads are being issued.

All resorts and cabins are open.

Mono Public Works District II and the California Highway Patrol continue to monitor traffic in the area for safety.

Resources: There are 265 personnel remain assigned to the incident, including 5 engines, 5 crews, 1 water tender, and 2 helicopters.

Management Objectives: 1) Maintain the safety of incident personnel and the public through the use of sound risk management and mitigation. 2) Assist incident resource advisors to help protect natural and cultural values. 3) Take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases from person to person. 4) Protect the community of Rock Creek. 5) Protect the campgrounds and residential structures in the Rock Creek Canyon. 6)  Maintain relationships with cooperators and stakeholders in the affected areas. 6) Utilize fiscal accountability and keep costs inline with values at risk.

Fire Restrictions: Campfires are currently permitted only in the steel fire rings located in developed campgrounds.  Propane and gas stoves may be used when the user has a valid California Campfire Permit.  Additional Information is available on the Inyo National Forest Alerts and NoticesLocated in California's scenic Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest is home to Mt. WhitneyMono LakeReds MeadowMammoth Lakes, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Inyo National Forest extends 165 miles near the California and Nevada border. It covers about 2 million acres, mostly on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday July 21st, 2020 approx. 03:45 PM
LocationRock Creek Canyon west of Tom's Place
Incident CommanderGabe Gamino (ICT4); Jeff Schmachtenberger (ICT4t)
Incident DescriptionWildfire, Full Suppression
Coordinates37.507 latitude, -118.709 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel102
Size120 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateThursday July 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

brush, timber

Significant Events

Minimal. No active heat or burning found on the incident this operational period.


Planned Actions

Crews continue to perform mop up operations and securing the perimeter.


Rock Creek Road reopened July 27 @ 9:30 a.m.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Much drier conditions begin today with breezy afternoons

Wednesday through Friday. Plan for single digit afternoon humidity values for some locations. Overnight humidity recovery will also be poor,

especially for the ridges and mid slope locations. Typically warm and dry through the upcoming weekend.