Lions Fire Update 8/10/18

The Lions Fire is estimated at 8,779 acres with 70% containment, for an increase of 68 acres. However, the fire could not be accurately mapped due to smoke inversion and growth is likely greater than what mapping reflects. There are 154 personnel committed to the fire, including 4 crews, and 4 helicopters.

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The northeast, east, and southern flanks of the fire are contained. Along the northwest flank, the fire is moving into sparse fuels and cliffs.

Crews remain focused on creating containment lines along the southwest flank, where the fire has been active for the past several days challenging containment lines with wind driven growth. Crews are completing direct and indirect hand line in an effort to keep the fire from crossing the North Fork of the San Joaquin River using trail networks and natural barriers where possible.

Crews are scouting indirect fireline along the wilderness boundary from Green Mountain south toward Cattle Mountain. This will serve as a contingency line in case the fire does cross the North Fork of the San Joaquin River.

Yesterday’s observed fire activity included moderate fire behavior with single tree torching, backing, and some uphill growth. This area has 50% tree mortality from bark beetles and drought in this area. These conditions, along with blowdown from a 2011 wind event, have contributed to a buildup of heavy fuels, creating difficult fire fighting conditions.

Hot and dry conditions remain in the forecast with light southwest winds expected for today, and gusty winds in the afternoon. There is a significant warming and drying trend predicted for this week. Isolated thunderstorms are expected to begin near the fire as early as Friday.

The Reds Meadow Road and all services in the Reds Meadow Valley, including Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls, remain open.

Closures: There is an emergency trail closure for the Fern Lake and Beck Lake Trails on the Inyo National Forest and emergency trail closures and a Forest Order to close the area on the Sierra National Forest (west of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and South of Iron Creek).

Smoke: See the smoke outlook report or visit


Friday, August 10, 2018
While firefighters gained full containment on one large fire, two new fires broke out in Northern California. Currently, over 13,500 firefighters are on the front lines of 13 large wildfires across California. To date, these fires have burned over 671,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 2,000 structures. Almost 3,300 residents remain evacuated.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect in many parts of Northern California, including portions of the Carr Fire, Mendocino Complex and Hat Fire, throughSaturday night. Above normal temperatures continue across most of the state, accompanied by low humidity and windy conditions, particularly in the Red Flag Warning areas. A cooling trend is expected for the weekend in Southern California.
Many people don’t realize that 95% of all wildfires are caused by the activities of humans. It is imperative that all Californians do their part to prevent the next wildfire! Learn more at
Fires of Interest:
Hat Fire, Shasta County (more info…) **NEW**
• NE of Burney
• 2,500 acres, 0% contained
• Road closures and evacuations in effect
Carr Fire, Shasta County (more info…)
Whiskeytown & Redding
•  181,496 acres, 51% contained
•  Evacuations and road closures in place
•  70 residents evacuated
• 1,077 residences destroyed, 191 residences damaged
•  CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 (Gouvea) in unified command withCity of Redding FD (Kreider) USFS (Pechota)
Mendocino Complex, Mendocino/Lake County
• 307,447 total acres, 60% contained
• 119 residences destroyed, 12 residences damaged
• 2,000 residents under evacuation orders
• The Mendocino Complex fire is the largest wildfire in state history
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 (Kavanaugh) in unified command withNORCAL IMT-1 (McGowan)
River Fire (more info…)
• 48,920 acres, 90% contained
Ranch Fire (more info…)
• 258,527 acres, 53% contained
• Evacuations and road closures in place
Holy Fire, Orange County (more info…)
Holy Jim Canyon, Cleveland National Forest
•  18,137 acres, 5% contained
•  Structures threatened
•  Hwy 74 closed in both directions
•  CA Fed IMT-SoCal 1 (Fogle) in unified command CAL FIRE, USFS, Riverside County Fire and Orange County Fire Authority
Hirz Fire, Plumas County (more info…) **NEW**
East of Lakehead
• 450 acres, 10% contained
Murphy Fire, Plumas County
• 117 acres, 30% contained
Ferguson Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park
• 95,544 acres, 80% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• CA Fed IMT-3 (von Tillow) in command
Donnell Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)
Near Hwy 108, Donnell Lake area
•  23,824 acres, 5% contained
Cranston Fire, Riverside County (more info…)
•  13,139 acres, 96% contained
Georges Fire, Inyo County (more info…)
Lone Pine
•  2,883 acres, 70% contained
Valley Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
•  1,350 acres, 56% contained
Natchez Fire, Del Norte County (more info…)
Southeast of Cave Junction, OR
•  11,338 acres, 50% contained
Bridge Fire, Marin County **FINAL**
• 45 acres, 100% contained


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