Lion Fire Spreads Slowly in Wilderness
Incident: Lion Fire Wildfire
SPRINGVILLE, California, October 4, 2017 – The Lion Fire, ignited a week ago by lightning, has grown to approximately 3,500 acres. It is burning north of Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest. Forest managers are preparing to close several trails to keep hikers from walking into the fire area. A map of the closure area will soon be posted on Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/.
Part of Lion Meadow is privately owned by R.M. Pyles Boys Camp. Crews are implementing structure protection by constructing fireline as the wildfire burns within and around the private property. Crews mopped up hot spots directly adjacent to the structures over the weekend to protect them. Additional work is occurring near Trout Meadow and Grey Meadow to protect structures in those locations in the event the fire moves south.
Firefighters are improving trails, utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), so they can be used as containment lines to stop the spread of the Lion Fire.
“This fire is spreading mostly through ground fuels in this remote part of the Wilderness,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. “Efforts to contain the fire will be made along routes where firefighters can work safely while avoiding stands of dead trees and inaccessible terrain.”
Nearby communities should anticipate smoke settling into the valleys in the late evening and early morning hours, because inversion patterns normally hold the smoke in low-lying areas. Daily smoke forecasts will be posted on Inciweb as they become available.