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Springs fire update 8/15/2019

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avatar Springs fire update 8/15/2019
August 17, 2019 04:32PM
Current Situation: The Springs Fire is being managed with a strategy to reintroduce fire into the landscape in its’ natural role. Overnight firefighters continued to prep and strategically apply fire to the landscape to further secure the fire to containment lines. Last night an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), commonly referred to as a drone was used in firing operations. Smoke is expected to be variable and depends on the daily winds. From evening into early morning smoke may drain into the Long Valley area, potentially impacting the community of Crowley Lake. As winds shift late morning into early afternoon the smoke will begin dispersing towards Mammoth Lakes, Devils Postpile, June Lake, and Lee Vining. Benton may expect lighter smoke later in the afternoons as winds are expected to shift out of the southwest. The latest daily air quality forecasts and site by site details can be found at- https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/InyoNationalForest

The Who’s Who of the Incident Management Organization: The Unmanned Aircraft System or UAS team from the Bureau of Land Management will be using a drone with Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) capabilities to conduct firing operations. Research and development of PSD (aerial ignition) operations with UAS is among the 2019 goals of the UAS program. This method of ignition is very cost effective and reduces firefighter exposure to numerous hazards associated with ground and aerial wildland fire operations. Utilizing UAS on an incident enables manned aircraft, traditionally tasked with data collection, to be re-purposed for tactical missions. UAS are authorized and capable of flying at night and in heavy smoke conditions. They can also provide real time video, thermal imagery and mapping services. UAS are used for many other important tasks including: wildlife habitat surveys; recreation site photos and video imagery; archeological paleontology surveys; hydrologic analysis; erosion assessments; hazmat spills and accident investigation documentation; USGS support for volcano research, and other valuable mapping projects throughout the western U.S. “UAS uses cutting edge technology and is the future of wildland fire management,” said Interagency Fire Management Officer Taro Pusina.

Closure Order: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is now in place for the Springs fire. Please go to the following link https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_7847.html for detailed information about the TFR. Forest Order No. 05-04-50-19-09 is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. See Exhibit B of the Forest Order for a description of the exact closure area, or the provided closure map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6477/
avatar Springs fire update 08/18/2019
August 18, 2019 04:04PM
Current Situation: Firefighters will monitor and hold containment lines on portions of the Springs Fire today as well as continue to apply fire, tactically to bring the fire to containment lines. The Springs Fire is currently being managed by a type three incident management organization with a containment strategy that includes reintroducing fire into the landscape in its’ natural role. Today, lighter smoke and haze from the Springs Fire is expected to move toward the eastern Mono Basin, north of Benton. The latest daily air quality forecasts and site by site details can be found at- https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/InyoNationalForest

The Who’s Who of the Incident Management Organization: The Logistics Section Chief is responsible for providing facilities, services, and materials in support of the incident. The Logistics Section provides everything the firefighters need to live in their home away from home and to do their job. They are responsible for communications and radios, medical services, food, supplies, security, and offices and sleeping areas. “We are here to support the line,” said Springs Fire Logistics Section Chief, Randy Jackson. “Meeting people’s needs can range from simple things like mentioning quiet hours in sleeping areas and making lunches available on time; to major things such as relocating a base camp in time for a community event or school opening.

Closure Order: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is now in place for the Springs fire. Please go to the following link https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_7847.html for detailed information about the TFR. Forest Order No. 05-04-50-19-09 is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. See Exhibit B of the Forest Order for a description of the exact closure area, or the provided closure map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6477/
avatar Springs fire update 8/22/2019
August 22, 2019 01:19PM
Current Situation: Crews worked to mop up and patrol areas that have burned recently. During the heat of the day, some interior unburned vegetation and downed snags will continue to ignite. Last night fire crews continued to bring fire carefully to the containment lines using strategic ignition tactics. Conducting firing at night allows cooler temperatures and higher humidity to moderate fire intensity and behavior in an area with a fuels accumulation problem.

Smoke Information: Fire managers in the forest take advantage of natural lightning strike fires in order to restore a natural fire cycle in the forest. Smoke from these fires will likely be visible from certain locations and sometimes travels into nearby communities. The Forest’s fire and fuels management program is committed to balancing the needs of firefighter safety, the forest resources, and people. While fire has always been a natural part of this ecosystem, our current society presents new challenges. Today, there are more people living near or visiting the forest. Fire managers consider this fact when determining incident objectives. Every acre that burns under favorable conditions helps prevent a larger, destructive fire and its smoke.

Road Closure Order: Forest Order No. 05-04-50-19-09 is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs Fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. See Exhibit B of the Forest Order for a description of the exact closure area, or the provided closure map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6477/.
Temporary Flight Restriction: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for the Springs Fire. Please go to the following link https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_7847.html for more information. Remember, flying a drone near a fire is breaking the law.

Fire Prevention Message: Weather is getting hotter and drier, please remember, that one less spark can mean one less wildfire.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6477/
avatar Springs fire update 8/25/2019
August 25, 2019 01:12PM
Current Situation: Day and night crews continue to use strategic ignition strategies to reduce fuel loading on the landscape in areas nearest Highway 120. Some interior unburned vegetation and downed snags will continue to burn. As those objectives are met, crews will move low intensity burning operations southward as weather and smoke dispersion allow. This method leaves a mosaic pattern of burned and unburned areas of underbrush.

Smoke Outlook: Wind direction is expected to change today and into tonight. Smoke will likely be present in valleys and communities along Highway 395. For the latest daily air quality forecasts: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/InyoNationalForest.

Fire Camp Free Tour: Join us at Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (RV parking lot) on Sunday Aug. 25 at 10:00 AM for a free tour of fire camp, bring the kids! Please, no pets.

Community Meeting: Fire managers will provide a Springs Fire update and be available for questions. Tuesday Aug. 27 at 6:00 PM. Meet in the Theatre inside Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center.

Road Closure Order: Forest Order No. 05-04-50-19-09 is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs Fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. See Exhibit B of the Forest Order for a description of the exact closure area, or the provided closure map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6477/.

Temporary Flight Restriction: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for the Springs Fire. Please go to the following link https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_7847.html for more information. Remember, flying a drone near a fire is breaking the law.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6477/
avatar Springs fire update 8/26/2019
August 27, 2019 12:43PM
Current Situation: Crews continue to mop up today in the northern area of the fire near Hwy 120 that has recently burned. The south and eastern side of the fire area is in patrol status with a few smokes from burning stumps well inside the containment lines. The wind is now coming from the northeast that could bring a more visible smoke impact along the Hwy 395 corridor through Monday. The latest daily air quality forecasts and site by site details can be found at- https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/InyoNationalForest.

Protecting the Bodie Stumps at Mono Mills: Because of the careful firing tactics utilized in the containment strategy of the Springs Fire, crews are able to complete precise operations to protect valuable natural and historical resources. Identified values at risk include the Bodie stumps, historical cabins and collapsed wooden barrels. The firefighters and resource advisors wrap the cultural/historical items in a fiberglass/foil material, similar to fire shelters used by firefighters, made to withstand a passing fire. Mono Mills started as a lumber camp in 1880 and supplied wood to build Bodie and run the Bodie mines. At its’ peak the mill shipped 45,000 cords of wood per year via the Bodie Railway and Lumber Company. The Bodie mines closed in 1914 when the gold ran out followed by Mono Mills closing in 1917. A virgin forest of Jeffrey pine surrounded Mono Mills. Some of the trees were 6 feet in diameter, none survived the sawyers cross-cut saws. The Bodie stumps, as they are called, remain. The large stumps have a cut-out notch that fit a springboard where the sawyers stood above the “butt” of the tree, where the tree straightens out in order to cut the tree down. The trees were cut into cord wood and milled into timber to run the boilers and build the town and mines of Bodie. District Fire Management Officer, Annamaria Echeverria remarked “We are making history by protecting history”.

Community Meeting: Fire managers will provide a Springs Fire update and be available for questions. Tuesday Aug. 27 at 6:00 PM. We will meet in the Theatre inside Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center.

Road Closure Order: Forest Order No. 05-04-50-19-09 is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs Fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. See Exhibit B of the Forest Order for a description of the exact closure area, or the provided closure map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6477/.

Temporary Flight Restriction: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for the Springs Fire. Please go to the following link https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_7847.html for more information. Remember, flying a drone near a fire is breaking the law.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6477/
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