Lions Fire Morning Update 6-28-18
Overnight the Lions Fire spread only slightly to the southwest and is now at 3,007 acres. Winds are expected to be lighter today which may help firefighters with their containment efforts. The fire is now 5% contained. Crews continue working on building and securing containment lines primarily along the eastern and southwest edges.
The lightning caused fire was detected in early June and is currently burning in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. It is located primarily in the Stairway Creek drainage, north and west of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River.
A community meeting is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, June 28, at the US Forest Service Auditorium located across the pavilion from the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, 2510 Main St, at 6:00 pm. Interested members of the public and media are encouraged to attend. Fire management staff will be present to answer questions.
All lodging and recreational services are open in Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile National Monument. The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail are open at this time. The following lateral trails leading into the fire area will be closed in the near future: Sierra NF: 26E01 (Mammoth Trail) to the Inyo NF Boundary, 26E56, 26E14, and 2646 from the Inyo NF boundary. Inyo NF trail closures include 26E01 from the Sierra NF to 2601 junction, and 2601 from the boundary of the Inyo NF and Devils Postpile National Monument (King Creek Trail).
Wildland fire, just as wind and weather, has helped shape the beauty of the Sierra Nevada and is an integral and necessary part of the ecosystem. The Lions Fire will help diminish the risk of future fires in the area being larger, more destructive, and harder to control. The fire is currently staffed by 330 people, including seven handcrews and seven helicopters. The handcrews are remaining overnight at camps around the fire’s perimeter and are being supported by mules and helicopters.
Air quality and smoke forecasts are available at
For more information, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5850/ or call 760-582-5203.