Inyo Creek Fire Update for June 27, 2021

Inyo National Forest

Inyo National Forest

Here’s the latest Information on the Inyo Creek Fire for June 27, 2021 @7:00pm Steady progress being made toward containment jumping from 35% to 50% to now 70% in over the past three days. Evacuation orders still in effect for most residents affect by fire fighting efforts.

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/

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Here’s the latest Information on the Inyo Creek Fire for June 25, 2021 @1130pm: Steady progress being made toward containment.

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 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/

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3 Responses to Inyo Creek Fire Update for June 27, 2021

  1. sugarmags July 7, 2021 at 1:25 pm #

    Curious that they’ve never announced a cause of the other Creek fire…..the one that smoked us out for 2 months last year. Any way to follow up on that?

     
  2. Roy June 29, 2021 at 7:51 am #

    Where is Inyo Creek? – Never heard of it.

     
    • Charles James June 29, 2021 at 10:28 am #

      Roy, the most common two ways used by most people following the fire is to use either Inyo Creek Fire Map on InciWeb or Google Maps. Typing “Inyo Creek Fire” in your browser’s Search bar will take you right to it along with latest information posted from the Forest Service on the fire. It is in the mountains almost directly west of the town of Lone Pine. A copy of the map can be seen in the following URL which used Google Maps in its article:
      https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/06/22/map-inyo-creek-fire-s huts-mount-whitney-trailhead-hikers-forced-to-abandon-cars/
      Thank you for your comment question. We hope this helpful.

       

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