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Owens River Fire Update 9/24/16

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avatar Owens River Fire Update
September 18, 2016 12:49PM
The Owens River Fire is estimated to be 4,500 acres and 10% contained. The fire is burning north of the Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395. It is burning in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine.

Last night, crews took advantage of the cool temperatures, which moderated fire behavior, to scout and develop containment lines--focusing their efforts along the Owens River Road to protect nearby private developments and ranches. They were able to conduct strategic burning operations to strengthen lines along the south and west flank to improve control lines near the Owens River Road. The recent Clark Fire is an effective barrier to spread along the northern flank. Fire staff also worked to help visitors who were recreating nearby to safely leave the area.

Today, crews will continue to develop and strengthen containment lines. Hot, dry conditions, and afternoon winds are in the forecast for today.

The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon (a popular climbing area), and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated. Only personnel responding to the fire should be using the Owens River Road. For your and fire crew safety, please avoid the fire area.

Smoke will be highly visible from locations throughout the Highway 395 corridor including Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Lee Vining. It settled in valleys last night under the cool inversion layer.

There are 3 hand crews, 14 engines, air tankers, a helicopter, a dozer, and a water tender assigned to the fire and additional resources have been ordered. There are 250 people assigned to the incident.



The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be human-caused.
avatar Owens River Fire Update 9/19/16
September 19, 2016 11:38AM
The Owens River Fire remains at 6,000 acres and 20% contained.

Last night, crews focused on the active western flank and worked on containing several spot fires and slop overs caused by the afternoon winds yesterday. Crews worked on containing these areas and hose lays were put in place. Crews monitored the southern flank and have begun mop up operations along the Owens River Road. Today, crews will remain focused on containing these spot fires along the western flank to better strengthen this fireline. Crews will strengthen firelines, patrol, and mop up along the north, east and south flanks.

Today’s weather remains hot and dry with the potential for increased winds from the southwest with a storm front passage.

Four uninhabited outbuildings and several pieces of heavy equipment were destroyed during the initial response yesterday. The fire is burning along Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine, and annual grasses.


The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon (a popular climbing area), and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated. The Owens River Road and the Whitmore Springs Roads are closed and visitors are advised to avoid the Bald Mountain Road as well. For your and fire crew safety, please avoid the fire area.

Smoke is visible from locations throughout the Highway 395 corridor including Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Lee Vining. It will settle in the valleys at night under the cool inversion layer.

There are 9 hand crews, 48 engines, 3 air tankers, 7 helicopters, 3 dozers, and 6 water tenders assigned to the fire. There are 483 people assigned to the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be human-caused.
avatar Owens River Fire Update 9/20
September 20, 2016 12:31PM
The Owens River Fire remains 6,050 acres and is 20% contained. Last night, crews made good progress to contain and mop up spot fires and work the active edges of the fire and that effort will be ongoing today. The fire remains active on the west, north, and east flanks and crews will focus on these areas. Crews will strengthen firelines and mop up along the line where safe to do so. The weather forecast for the coming days will remain hot and dry and wind remains a concern. These conditions will continue to test containment lines.

Four uninhabited outbuildings, several pieces of heavy equipment, and a vehicle were destroyed during the initial response. The fire is burning along Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine, and annual grasses. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon, and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated. The Owens River Road and the Whitmore Springs Roads are closed and visitors are advised to avoid the Bald Mountain Road as well. For your and fire crew safety, please avoid the fire area.

Smoke is visible, although diminished, from locations throughout the Highway 395 corridor including Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Lee Vining. It will settle in the valleys at night under the cool inversion layer.

There are 11 hand crews, 48 engines, 7 helicopters, 6 dozers, and 7 water tenders assigned to the fire. There are 536 people assigned to the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
avatar Owens River Fire Evening Update, 09/20/16
September 20, 2016 06:25PM
The Owens River Fire is 5,443 acres and is 32% contained. The new acreage is a reflection of better mapping and excludes green islands (areas interior of the perimeter than have not burned).

Today was cooler with patchy cloud cover moving over the fire, light rain over the northern portion of the fire, and winds in the afternoon. Overall, the fire behavior was moderate and crews were able to strengthen fire lines, concentrating their efforts on areas of heat along the fire line and near structures and developments. Crews continue to mop up, gridding for hot spots within the line. Crews tonight will patrol and monitor the fireline and mop up where safe.

The weather forecast for the tomorrow is for cooler temperatures, and increase in relative humidity, and a chance of isolated thunderstorms. A strong cold front with significant winds is in the forecast for Wednesday evening and through Thursday.

The fire is burning along Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine, and annual grasses. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon, and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated. The Owens River Road and the Whitmore Springs Roads are closed and visitors are advised to avoid the Bald Mountain Road as well. For your and fire crew safety, please avoid the fire area.
Smoke is substantially diminished.

There are 16 hand crews, 48 engines, 7 helicopters, 6 dozers, and 7 water tenders assigned to the fire. There are 636 people assigned to the incident.

The cost of the fire is estimated to be $1,186,500.00. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
avatar Owens River Fire Update 9/21/16
September 21, 2016 01:24PM
The Owens River Fire is 5,443 acres and is 32% contained. The new acreage is a reflection of better mapping and excludes green islands (areas interior of the perimeter than have not burned).

Patchy cloud cover remained over the fire last night and humidity recovery improved. Crews patrolled fireline and mopped up where safe. Crews will continue these efforts today, concentrating their efforts on any areas of remaining heat along the fireline and near structures and developments. Crews are gridding for hot spots 200 ft. interior of the line. Today will be cooler with a chance of showers. Crews are on alert for strong cold front passage with significant winds is that the forecast for this evening and through Thursday. Cooler temperatures are expected starting Thursday.

The fire is burning along Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine, and annual grasses. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon, and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated. The Owens River Road and the Whitmore Springs Roads are closed and visitors are advised to avoid the Bald Mountain Road as well. For your and fire crew safety, please avoid the fire area.

There are 16 hand crews, 48 engines, 7 helicopters, 6 dozers, and 7 water tenders assigned to the fire. There are 636 people assigned to the incident. The cost of the fire is estimated to be $1,186,500.00. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
avatar Owens River Fire Update 9/24/16
September 24, 2016 01:17PM
The Owens River Fire remains at 5,443 acres and is 75% contained. Today, crews will work on extinguishing some hot spots on the southern edge of the fireline, and some burning continues in the interior of the fire. Firefighters are mopping up and backhauling equipment. Demobilization will continue throughout the weekend. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal. Warmer and dryer weather is predicted for the weekend.

Fire officials will open some roads to public traffic northeast of the fire area today. The Owens River Road remains closed and the public is asked to stay out of this area to keep it safe for firefighters who are still working in the vicinity. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon, and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated and those areas remain closed.

There are 9 hand crews, 19 engines, 2 helicopters, 2 dozers, and 5 water tenders assigned to the fire. There are 354 personnel working on the incident. The cost of the fire is estimated to be $3,900,000.00. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
avatar Owens River Fire Update 9-30-2016
September 30, 2016 10:15PM
The Owens River Fire is 98% contained today. Repair work, perimeter monitoring, and hazard tree falling continues. The Owens River Road has re-opened, as have most roads in the area. However the Big Springs Road and Big Springs Campground remain closed.

Please slow down in areas where fire crews are still working for their safety and yours.
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