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Iris Fire Update 07/24/20

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avatar Iris Fire Update 07/24/20
July 25, 2020 08:42AM
Size: 170 acres (estimated)
Containment: 60%
Location: east of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground
Fuels: sagebrush, pinyon/ juniper
Cause: Lightning

Update: Last night, fire activity was minimal, Firefighters overnight observed backing and creeping fire behavior. Weather overnight was favorable and winds were calm. Crews used this opportunity overnight to continue 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 continue to complete line through a short stretch of difficult terrain for full perimeter containment.

Today, 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 assumed command of the fire at 6:00 am.

Weather: Thunderstorms are expected again today in the forecast as the monsoonal pattern continues although, not as strong and widespread as earlier in the week. 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 215 personnel assigned to the incident, including 10 engines, 7 crews, 2 water tenders, a dozer, 5 helicopters, and 1 air attack.
avatar Iris Fire Update, 7/25/20
July 26, 2020 11:23AM
Size: 170 acres (estimated)
Containment: 60%
Location: east of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground
Fuels: sagebrush, pinyon/ juniper
Cause: Lightning

Update: Last night, fire activity remained minimal. Firefighters observed creeping and smoldering. Crews continue to hold and improve containment line around the fire perimeter. Most of the fire has good containment lines. The focus remains on the northeast corner of the fire, where crews continue to make slow but steady progress improving containment lines and mopping up in very rugged and steep terrain. Helicopters will continue support this effort, dropping water on hot spots. Containment, normally expressed as a percentage, indicates how much of the fire has been enclosed by a fireline. These lines remove the fuel (brush, trees, etc.) to stop a fire’s spread to a standard to which no future spread is expected under foreseeable conditions .

California Incident Management Team (IMT) 13 Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander remains in command of the fire and is managing fire suppression and support efforts. Due to decreased fire activity, unless there is something significant to report, the team will provide one fire update per day (in the morning).

Weather: Thunderstorms still remain in the forecast as a monsoonal pattern is continuing. This may influence the Iris Fire’s behavior as well as bring more lightning to the area.

Closures: The Rock Creek Road is closed at Tom’s Place. All campgrounds in the Rock Creek Canyon have been evacuated. This includes Mosquito Flat, Rock Creek, Upper Pine Grove, Pine Grove, East Fork, Big Meadows, Iris 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 292 personnel assigned to the incident, including 14 engines, 8 crews, 1 water tender, and 2 helicopters.
avatar Iris Fire- Daily Update 7/26/20
July 26, 2020 04:52PM
Size: 120 acres
Containment: 85%
Location: east of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground
Fuels: sagebrush, pinyon/juniper
Cause: Lightning

Update: Overnight, fire activity remained minimal. Crews continue to hold and improve containment lines around the fire perimeter. Most of the fire has good containment lines. The focus remains on the 15% of open fire line on northeast corner of the fire, where crews continue to make progress improving containment lines and mopping up in very rugged and steep terrain.
Due to improved on the ground mapping, the acreage has been verified and adjusted to 120 acres.

California Incident Management Team (CIIMT) 13 Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander would like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their continued patience and understanding as firefighters work to complete fire containment efforts. The team and the Inyo National Forest continue evaluate the closure status with the primary concern being for firefighter safety as they continue to work along the road.

Weather: Thunderstorms remain in the forecast as a monsoonal pattern is continuing, with a 10-20% chance of developing which could bring more lightning to the area.

Closures: The Rock Creek Road is closed at Tom’s Place. All campgrounds in the Rock Creek Canyon have been evacuated. This includes Mosquito Flat, Rock Creek, Upper Pine Grove, Pine Grove, East Fork, Big Meadows, Iris 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 have been 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, Inyo County Sheriff, Mono Public Works 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 223 personnel assigned to the incident, including 6 engines, 6 crews, 3 water tender, and 3 helicopters
avatar Iris Fire - Lifting of Closures
July 26, 2020 04:58PM
07/26/20: Over the past several days, firefighters have made great progress in the containment of the Iris Fire. As such, Incident Commanders and cooperating agencies have determined that it is safe enough to re-open portions of the closure area. Rock Creek Road at Tom’s Place will reopen no later than noon on July 27. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as fire equipment may be coming in and out of the area and firefighters may occasionally be near the roadway. Please drive slowly for firefighter safety!

There is no parking or stopping between Aspen Group Campground and East Fork Picnic Area. The turnouts in this area will be closed with cones.

Closed Campgrounds:
  • Holiday and Iris Meadow Campgrounds remain closed for Iris Fire personnel and equipment.
  • All group campgrounds remain closed under the existing Inyo National Forest order.
Campgrounds Re-opening July 27:
  • Mosquito Flat
  • Rock Creek
  • Upper Pine Grove
  • Pine Grove
  • East Fork
  • Big Meadows
  • French Camp
Resorts and Cabins Re-opening July 27:
  • All resorts and cabins.
Wilderness Permit Holders:
  • Effective Monday, July 27, all wilderness permits for the Rock Creek Canyon trailheads will be honored. This includes the Little Lakes (including the Mono Pass Trail that starts here) and Hilton Lakes Trailhead.
avatar Iris Fire Update Juy 27, 2020
July 27, 2020 06:04PM
Size: 120 acres
Containment: 90%
Location: East of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground
Fuels: Sagebrush, pinyon/juniper
Cause: Lightning

Update: Crews continue to mop up and patrol throughout the fire area. The focus remains on the 10% of open fire line on northeast corner of the fire, where crews continue to make progress improving containment lines and mopping up in very rugged and steep terrain. Today, many of the crews will be involved in fire suppression repair this is a process where crews work to reduce the risk of soil erosion from fire line construction and other suppression activities. California Incident Management Team (CIIMT) 13 Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander would like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their continued patience and understanding as firefighters work to complete fire containment efforts.

Weather: Isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast for this evening and into Monday which could bring more lightning to the area.

Opening of Closures: Rock Creek Road at Tom’s Place will reopen no later than noon today. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as fire equipment may be coming in and out of the area and firefighters may occasionally be near the roadway. Please drive slowly for firefighter safety! Please note that Holiday and Palisade campgrounds remain closed for use by firefighters and equipment for the next several days. All wilderness permits for the Rock Creek Canyon trailheads are being honored. This includes the Little Lakes (including the Mono Pass Trail that starts here) and Hilton Lakes Trailhead.

Mono County Sheriff, Inyo County Sheriff, Mono Public Works District II and the California Highway Patrol continue to monitor traffic in the area for safety.

Resources: There are 300 personnel remain assigned to the incident, including 10 engines, 5 crews, 1 water tender, and 2 helicopters.
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