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Lions Fire

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Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

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Lions Fire Update, 08-30-2018

Lions Fire Wildfire
News – 8/30/2018

Incident Start Date: 6/11/2018 Cause: Lightning Size: 12,990 acres Containment: 80%

Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush and timber

Resources Assigned: Engines: 0 Water Tenders: 1 Helicopters: 6 Crews: 3 Dozers: 0 Masticators: 0

Total Personnel: 104

Current Situation: The evening infrared flights continue to detect slight increases in fire growth in the northwest corner between Iron Creek and Dike Creek. Aircraft at the Helibase will continue to deliver water and transport ground crews and equipment where it is safe to do so. Crews continue to successfully use suppression tactics to hold containment lines. There have been minimal injuries and fire fighter safety remains a priority.

Today’s Plan: Crews will continue to use a combination of resources to maintain established control lines. The construction of fireline from Middle Spike to Iron Creek is ongoing to prevent the spread of fire west of North Fork of San Joaquin River. Surveys of Mammoth and Iron Creek Trails are bring used to develop a plan to minimize the effects of suppression on trail infrastructure and other values at risk. Air craft will continue to patrol containment lines. Management of the fire has transitioned to a local Type Three team lead by Incident Commander Robert Moreno. Evening updates will no longer be produced unless significant changes occur.

Smoky Conditions Remain in the Area: Smokeimpacts remain good to moderate throughout the region. Today will be sunnywith temperatures in the mid 70s. Winds will be out of the south, southwest with continued dry conditions. For more detailed information on how you can reduce your risk to exposure can be found at www.airnow.gov or wildfiresmoke.net.

Visitor Information: The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail remain open at this time. Lateral trails leading into the fire area are closed. Hikers are advised to check the areas they are interested in going to before starting. All lodging and recreational services remain open in the town of Mammoth Lakes and the Reds Meadow Valley. Visitors to the area should be mindful of posted speed limits when driving and watch out for firefighters, equipment, and road construction delays on Sky Ranch road.

Closures and Restrictions: The Sierra and Inyo National Forests have implemented fire restrictions on National Forest lands. The following restrictions are in effect: No campfires, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside designated developed recreation sites, and specifically posted campsites or areas. No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks are allowed. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. Forest Order #05-04-50-18-04 Inyo National Forest

Road and Trail Closures: Inyo National Forest: Fern Lake and Beck Lake Trails are open for recreation on August 30, 2018. Forest Order #05-00-50-18-14 Sierra National Forest: There are emergency trail closures and a Forest Order to close the area west of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and South of Iron Creek. Sierra National Forestare still in place.

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