The Lost Fire, located west of the Reds Meadow Valley, in the John Muir Wilderness is 22 acres and 0% contained.
The Inyo Hotshots, Crane Valley Hotshots, Inyo’s Crew 2, and Helicopter 525 are suppressing the fire. Their primary focus is line construction along the eastern flank where the protection of developed areas in the Reds Meadow Valley are the highest priority. Crews are scouting containments lines along the other flanks, looking to construct direct fireline along the fire’s edge. However, steep, inaccessible terrain may dictate that crews go indirect; using trails, ridgelines, and rock barriers to safely contain the fire.
The fire is burning within the perimeter of the 1992 Rainbow Fire and is consuming dead and down fuels from that fire. It is burning in brush and mixed conifer forest. The sun-exposed areas within the Rainbow Fire perimeter are allowing the fuels to dry. However, the cold, shorter days are moderating fire activity.
There is currently no threat to life or property. There are no closures at this time, including nearby trails. Smoke is visible from Mammoth Mountain (including from their summit webcam). Smoke may be visible in Mammoth Lakes.
The Lost Fire is a lightning-caused fire from the storm system that passed through the area on October 2. This fire is a “sleeper” or “hold-over” fire that was detected when activity picked up with drier and warmer conditions.