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avatar Fire Crews Respond to the Lost Fire
October 17, 2018 09:23AM
Fire crews are responding to the Lost Fire, located southwest of the Reds Meadow Valley in the John Muir Wilderness. The fire is approximately 10 acres in size and has been determined to be 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 today when activity picked up with drier and warmer conditions. 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.

Helicopter 525 and Inyo’s Crew 2 are responding. Additional crews have been ordered.

There is currently no threat to life or property.
avatar Lost Fire Update
October 18, 2018 12:16PM
The Lost Fire, located west of the Reds Meadow Valley, in the John Muir Wilderness is 22 acres and 0% contained.

The Inyo Hotshots, Crain 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.
avatar Lost Fire Update
October 18, 2018 07:08PM
The Lost Fire, located west of the Reds Meadow Valley in the John Muir Wilderness, is 50 acres and 0% contained. The fire’s growth is predominately to the west. Fire crews are making good progress constructing fireline to contain the fire, although they are working in steep terrain and areas with heavy fuels. Crews have completed fireline along the eastern flank, which remains the area of focus to protect developed areas in the Reds Meadow Valley. Crews are scouting and completing initial containments lines along the other flanks, looking to construct direct fireline along the fire’s edge.

The fire is burning within the perimeter of the 1992 Rainbow Fire, with some of the western growth pushing out of that perimeter. The fire is showing slow to moderate growth and is consuming dead and down fuels. 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 and June Lake. Smoke is settling into the valleys west of the fire at night. Hikers in the area may also see smoke in the distance from the Dinkey South Prescribed Fire being conducted on the Sierra National Forest.

The Inyo Hotshots, Crane Valley Hotshots, Inyo’s Crew 2, and Helicopter 525 are assigned to the fire, which is a lightning-caused from the storm system that passed through the area on October 2.
avatar Lost Fire Update
October 20, 2018 03:40PM
The Lost Fire, located west of the Reds Meadow Valley in the John Muir Wilderness, is 50 acres and 0% contained. The fire’s growth is predominately to the west.

Fire crews are making good progress constructing fireline to contain the fire, although they are working in steep terrain and areas with heavy fuels. Crews have completed fireline along the eastern flank, which remains the area of focus to protect developed areas in the Reds Meadow Valley. Crews are scouting and completing initial containments lines along the other flanks, looking to construct direct fireline along the fire’s edge.

The fire is burning within the perimeter of the 1992 Rainbow Fire, with some of the western growth pushing out of that perimeter. The fire is showing slow to moderate growth and is consuming dead and down fuels. 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 and June Lake. Smoke is settling into the valleys west of the fire at night. Hikers in the area may also see smoke in the distance from the Dinkey South Prescribed Fire being conducted on the Sierra National Forest.

The Inyo Hotshots, Crane Valley Hotshots, Inyo’s Crew 2, and Helicopter 525 are assigned to the fire, which is a lightning-caused from the storm system that passed through the area on October 2.
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