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Inyo Creek Fire Update June 27, 2021

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avatar Inyo Creek Fire Update June 23, 2021
June 24, 2021 11:08AM
Incident Start Date: 06/19/2021 Cause: Lightning Size: 640 acres Containment: 0% Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush and Timber

Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S. Forest Service

Resources Assigned: Engines: 18 Helicopters: 7 Fixedwing: 4 Crews: 7 Watertenders: 4 Dozers: 2

Current Situation: The Inyo Creek Fire remained relatively calm overnight, with active flames visible in some sections of the fire. Winds were again diurnal down canyon from the west last night, however the fire held within retardant lines placed yesterday by air tanker resources. Winds will be a concern today as they are forecast to be from the South Southeast with gusts up to 30MPH. Evacuations orders for residents at Olivas Ranch, Whitney Portal Reserve, and all residents on Whitney Portal Road North of Horseshoe Meadow Road remain in effect today as well as all the Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Campground.

California Incident Management Team 13 Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander, was briefed yesterday and took command of the Inyo Creek Fire this morning. The fire remains in Unified Command with CAL FIRE due to state lands being threatened and the threat to structures.

Aircraft for today will include an Air Attack over the fire, 2 Type 2 Air Tankers that will be doing retardant drops, and a Lead Plane that helps to guide the Air Tankers. A Mobile Retardant Base is set up at Lone Pine Airport. This will help with aircraft being able to fill and return to the fire faster. 7 helicopters are also assigned to the fire and will be used to drop water on the fire to help slow its progress.

Closures: The Whitney Portal Road is closed at Horseshoe Meadow Road. The Forest is working with the Inyo County Sheriff on the road closure. At this time all hikers that have planned to exit the Mt Whitney Trailhead should use a different exit point such as, the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead or Onion Valley. Wilderness Rangers are camped at Trail Camp to try to get the word out to those that are still in the backcountry. It is still unsafe to attempt retrieving vehicles from Whitney Portal, an announcement will be made when it is safe to try to reschedule an escort.

More information and maps can be found on InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/
avatar Inyo Creek Fire Update June 25, 2021
June 25, 2021 03:07PM
Incident Start Date: 06/19/2021
Cause: Lightning Size: 586 acres
Containment: 30%
Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation
Type: Brush and Timber Agency:
Inyo National Forest, U.S. Forest Service

Resources Assigned:
  • Engines: 21
  • Helicopters: 7
  • Fixed-wing: 2
  • Crews: 19
  • Water tenders: 6
  • Dozers: 2
  • Total Personnel: 589
Current Situation: The Inyo Creek Fire is now 30% contained and projected to continue burning in Lone Pine Creek and adjacent ridgelines today. Extremely low fuel moisture and persistent dry, windy conditions remain a challenge. Skies are predicted to be blue with cumulous clouds moving in this afternoon and winds blowing up-canyon from the east.

Firefighters continue to work in the steep, rugged conditions of the Lone Pine Creek drainage, and are prioritizing structure protection of historic cabins and Whitney Portal Store. Plans for trail restoration are currently being developed by resource advisors, including the construction of water bars – a technique to mitigate the effects of water erosion on trails. Trail access in the Whitney Portal area including the National Recreation Trail (NRT) remain closed to hikers.

Evacuations for Whitney Portal Reserve, all residents of Whitney Portal Road North of Horseshoe Meadow Road, as well as all the Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Campground are still in effect. Beginning at 8 a.m. today residents in the area east of Olivas Ranch Road are permitted to repopulate.

Closures: The Whitney Portal Road is closed at Horseshoe Meadow Road. The Forest is working with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on the road closure and organizing vehicle retrieval shuttles. At this time all hikers that have planned to exit the Mt. Whitney Trailhead should use a different exit point such as, the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead or Onion Valley.

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. No fireworks are ever allowed on the forest. Smoking is allowed within an enclosed vehicle, building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of flammable material.

For updates and maps, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/
avatar Inyo Creek Fire Update June 27, 2021
June 27, 2021 02:05PM
Incident Start Date: 06/19/2021
Cause: Lightning
Size: 647 acres
Containment: 50%
Incident Type: Full Suppression
Vegetation Type: Brush and Timber
Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S. Forest Service

Resources Assigned:
  • Engines: 12
  • Helicopters: 4
  • Fixed-wing: 2
  • Crews: 12
  • Water tenders: 5
  • Total Personnel: 442
Current Situation: Containment on the Inyo Creek Fire has increased to 50%. Firefighters continue to suppress the fire and heat between elevations ranging from 3,500 to 9,500 feet. A patch of moisture moved in overnight from the east bringing in some cloud cover that will dissipate by mid-morning and be followed by another day of sun and high temperatures, with low relative humidity.

The fire suppression repair plan for areas affected by the fire includes recontouring impacts from both hand and dozer lines that have contained the fire from spreading into campgrounds, the historic cabin tract, and Whitney Portal proper. Public and fire personnel safety remain a top priority while suppression and repair efforts continue in these closed areas.

Evacuations for all residents of Whitney Portal Road North of Horseshoe Meadow Road, all the Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Campground are still in effect. Firefighters are continuing to work hard to get the status of the fire to a state where many of the closures can be re-opened to the public.

Closures: The Whitney Portal Road is closed at Horseshoe Meadow Road. The forest continues to coordinate with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at the closure. At this time all hikers that have planned to exit the Mt. Whitney Trailhead should use a different exit point such as, the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead or Onion Valley. Forest Order No. 05-54-54-21-16 closing the Meysan Lake Trail and National Recreation Trail (NRT) from their respective trailheads to terminus points is now in effect.

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. No fireworks are ever allowed on the forest. Smoking is allowed within an enclosed vehicle, building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of flammable material.

For updates and maps, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/
avatar Scheduled Lifting of Evacuation Orders and Road Closures
July 01, 2021 12:14PM
LONE PINE, CA, June 30, 2021- In consultation with the National Weather Service and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, evacuation orders and road closures that were in place due to the Inyo Creek Fire will be lifted today June 30 at 6 pm. Lone Pine Campground will remain closed through Saturday July 3 due to forecast storms in the area and the potential for flash flood. Lifting of closures and evacuations are subject to cancelation should weather change.

For updated fire information, please visit InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/

As a reminder, please drive safely as you enter the area, as firefighters and fire equipment may be travelling or working on the roadway.
avatar Inyo Creek Fire Update for July 2, 2021 - Final Update
July 03, 2021 01:05PM
Incident Start Date: 06/19/2021
Cause: Lightning
Size: 592 acres
Containment: 96%
Incident Type: Full Suppression
Vegetation Type: Brush and Timber
Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
Resources Assigned: Engines: 5 Helicopters: 2 Crews: 1 Water tenders: 1 Total Personnel: 100

Current Situation: This will be the final update for the Inyo Creek Fire. Containment is currently at 96%. Evacuation orders and closure of the Whitney Portal Road were lifted Wednesday evening as both the fire situation and the forecast weather held and allowed for safe access. “I am feeling very comfortable with the conditions of the fire,” said Incident Commander Tomas Gonzalez of the Inyo National Forest. "The fire area received light rain mid-day Wednesday but during warmer, drier conditions smoldering fuels such as stump holes will continue to burn and may be visible from the Whitney Portal Road.”

Closure Updates: The National Recreation Trail (NRT) which begins at Lone Pine Campground and ends at Whitney Portal is closed under Forest Order 05-04-54-21-17 through November 30, 2021. The Meysan Lake Trail and Whitney Portal have both been reopened. The Lone Pine Campground is expected to reopen after 8 a.m. on July 3.

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 allowed within an enclosed vehicle, building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of flammable material.

Fireworks are never permitted to be ignited on Forest Service, BLM and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) land. Due to hot and dry conditions, the danger for wildfire is extreme. Campfires are not allowed outside developed Inyo County campgrounds; always ensure your fire is fully extinguished after use.

For updates and maps, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/
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