Size: 170 acres (estimated) Containment: 60% Location: east of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground Fuels: sagebrush, pinyon/ juniper Cause: Lightning
Update: Today, fire activity was minimal, and winds were not as significant over the fire area. Firefighters observed backing and creeping fire behavior. Thunder cells developed in the fire area in the afternoon but did not influence fire behavior. Smoke production was still evident but was primarily within the interior of the fire.
Crews used this opportunity to construct containment line around much of the fire perimeter. The uphill, eastern flank of the fire has good containment line around it as does most of the western flank along the roadside. Crews need to complete line through a short stretch of difficult terrain for full perimeter containment.
This evening, crews will continue to improve containment lines and work on cooling, or “mopping up” hot spots along the fire’s edge.
Today, California Incident Management Team (IMT)13 received a briefing from the Inyo National Forest IMT and will assume command of the fire tomorrow (7/24) at 6:00 am .
Weather: Thunderstorms remain in the forecast as a monsoonal pattern is establishing. This may influence Iris Fire’s behavior as well as bring more lightning to the region .
Closures: The Rock Creek Road is closed at Tom’s Place. All campgrounds in the Rock Creek Canyon have been evacuated. This includes Mosquito Creek, Rock Creek, Upper Pine Grove, Pine Grove, East Fork, Big Meadows, French Camp, and Holiday campgrounds. All resorts and cabins in the closure area have been evacuated.
All wilderness permit holders for trailheads starting in the Rock Creek Canyon are being cancelled through Sunday July 26th. This includes the Little Lakes (including the Mono Pass Trail that starts here) and Hilton Lakes Trailhead. Exiting hikers are being escorted out.
Mono County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol continue to manage exiting traffic along Rock Creek Road and at Hwy 395. Please avoid the area for firefighter and public safety.
Resources: There are 283 personnel assigned to the incident, including 14 engines, eight crews, two water tenders, a dozer, five helicopters, and two air tankers.