June 19: Latest and last update on the Pumice Fire

Pumice Fire near Pumice Butte

This is the last update for this fire unless this is something significant to report.

June 19. 2020: The Pumice Fire remains at 40 acres and is 100% contained.

Yesterday crews  constructed and strengthened the fireline for containment  and began mop up, the process of cooling and extinguishing the fire along the containment lines. Today crews will continue mop-up, looking for areas of smoke or other hotspots.

Two of the crews will be released from the fire Saturday morning, but one crew will remain assigned to the fire through Sunday.

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6/17/2020 (4:38pm):  Fire crews have mapped the Pumice Fire at 40 acres and are showing 30% containment.

A  third fire crew was assigned to the fire today. The fire is located on a steep, knife edge ridge in a mixture of brush and mixed conifer forest. Today, crews scouted and began constructing containment lines. Fire behavior is moderate to minimal. Crews will improve containment lines tomorrow.

Smoke may be visible from the Mammoth Lakes vicinity.  There remains no threat to life or property. The fire is in a remote location in the wilderness in the Fish Creek area (west of Mammoth Lakes). The forest helicopter is being used for logistical support for the crews and  with bucket drops to cool the fire’s edge.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

(: Fire crews have mapped the Pumice Fire at 40 acres and are showing 30% containment.

A  third fire crew was assigned to the fire today. The fire is located on a steep, knife edge ridge in a mixture of brush and mixed conifer forest. Today, crews scouted and began constructing containment lines. Fire behavior is moderate to minimal. Crews will improve containment lines tomorrow.

Smoke may be visible from the Mammoth Lakes vicinity.  There remains no threat to life or property. The fire is in a remote location in the wilderness in the Fish Creek area (west of Mammoth Lakes). The forest helicopter is being used for logistical support for the crews and  with bucket drops to cool the fire’s edge.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

6/16/2020: The Pumice Fire, located east of Pumice Butte, is approximately 5 acres at this time although it is yet to be accurately mapped.

Today, two fire crews were inserted into the fire area to begin constructing containment lines to suppress this fire. This took much of today because the fire is in a remote location in the wilderness. Their initial report is that the fire is showing moderate fire behavior. The forest helicopter is being used for logistical support for the crews and  with bucket drops to cool the fire’s edge.

There continues to be red flag warning through this evening for wind. Winds are expected to subside after that.

There continues to be no threat to life or property due to the fire’s remote location. Some smoke continues to be visible throughout the Mammoth Lakes area.

 

 

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