Inyo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
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Bishop, CA 93514
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Inyo National Forest
Forest Service News Release
Media Contact: Carol Underhill
Dexter Fire Update July 15
Incident Start Date: July 12, 2021 Cause: Lightning Acreage: 2,000 Containment: 13%
Hand Crews: 5 Engines: 28 Helicopters: 4 Air Tankers: 2 Dozers: 3 Water Tenders: 4
Total Personnel: 266
BISHOP, Calif. July 15, 2021 — Extreme fire behavior continued yesterday in the afternoon as thunderstorm cells developed over the fire area. Spot fires on the southwest were taken care of and extinguished. Firefighters have established fireline on the southern flank of the fire and will be monitoring and mopping up today. Strategic firing was employed on the northeastern edge of the perimeter to moderate the fire spread. Aircraft continued to work throughout the day to assist firefighters in dropping water and retardant.
Today, firefighters will be working to hold and improve the north side of the fire to the Pilot Springs Rd., and monitoring and mopping up the southern dozer line to the east. Firefighters will be looking for opportunities to continue with strategic firing to keep the fire on the west side of Pilot Springs Rd.
The threat of thunderstorms should decrease today, giving firefighters relief from the extreme runs of the last two days. The Springs Fire of 2019 on the northwest side and the Clark and Owens River Fires on the south is holding the fire within the existing fire perimeter in those areas. Smoke will continue to impact the Mammoth Lakes area from the Dexter Fire (east) and the River Fire (Mariposa—west).
CA Interagency Incident Management Team 14 assumed command of the fire at 7 p.m. yesterday, July 14. The Type 2 team will bring additional resources to the fire to aid in suppression.
Mandatory evacuations for campers and residents have been implemented in the Bald Mountain area. The Big Springs and Bald Mountain Springs Campgrounds have been evacuated and are currently closed. Roads in the immediate vicinity are also closed to the public: North of the Owens River Rd. (2S07), east of Highway 395, west of Forest Rd. 1S17, and south of Highway 120. Previous treatments in this area will reduce the spread fire growth on the west side because of diminished fuels.
Fire Restrictions remain in effect for the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and recreation sites. A portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel may be used with a valid wilderness or California Campfire Permit in dispersed areas. Smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle, building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of flammable material.
Updates are posted on InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7656/
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