Fire Crews Respond to Iris Fire | Evacuations in effect

INF Iris Fire photo taken from near Crowley Lake area.

Fire crews are continuing to aggressively work on suppressing the Iris Fire, located west of Iris Meadows Campground and the Rock Creek Road on the Inyo National Forest. The fire is currently 40 acres and 20% contained. Investigators have determined that the fire is lightning-caused. It is burning in a mixture of sagebrush, mahogany, and mixed conifer.

Iris Meadow Campground and Big Meadows Campground have been evacuated. The Rock Creek Road is closed. Mono County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol are managing exiting traffic along Rock Creek Road and at Hwy 395. Please avoid the area to assist firefighters with their response.

Helicopter picking up water at Crowley Lake to fight Iris Fire in INF

Yesterday, the fire grew with gusty winds associated with the weather system. Initial attack included a series of air tanker retardant drops to help slow the fire’s spread while firefighters constructed containment lines.

Today, wind is challenging containment lines. Crews will continue to construct and improve containment lines, assisted by helicopter bucket drops. Four air tanker are ordered for today.

High winds are in the forecast and remain a concern.

There are four engines, five crews, three helicopters, and four air tankers assigned to the fire and more resources are being ordered. Cal Fire is also assisting in this fire response.


5 Responses to Fire Crews Respond to Iris Fire | Evacuations in effect

  1. Matt July 25, 2020 at 7:01 am #

    Whoever was in charge totally screwed up because the fire was totally contained Wednesday morning.

    • erik simpson July 25, 2020 at 11:06 am #

      So total containment is the result of screwing up?

      • David Dennison July 25, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

        erik simpson
        I’m sure what Matt means by that is,apparently,the Rock Creek area remains closed this weekend,due to the fire and clean-up
        Thus,the area can’t be flooded with millions of tourists,like all the other areas in the Eastern Sierra.
        Saturday,reports of 600 tourists at June Lake beach,and Law Enforcement having to cite some ridding their ORV’s and ATV’S…..on the beach.
        Another report,a group of “visitors” harassing a Bear in Mammoth Lakes.
        Numerous illegal campfires in closed areas.
        People parking and spending the night along residential and neighborhood roads.
        And on top of that,lots of complaints from locals about many,many of them not wearing masks when wandering around the towns in large groups going into the business’..
        The invasion continues,with no end in sight.

  2. Mike July 23, 2020 at 2:15 am #

    I didn’t realize Rock Creek Canyon was a tropical environment.

    • Kwak kwak July 23, 2020 at 9:45 am #

      We could call it Cercocarpus if that would make you happier . . . Or you could look it up in your Eastern Sierra Natural History book as you walk past all those plants, if you were ever curious.


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