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Eastern Sierra News for July 18, 2024





The Iris Fire being laid to rest. Thanks to USFS fire service for the quick response, as well as to all the local and state public agencies that assisted with the effort.

[Note: This is the final report from USFS on the Iris Fire, and on behalf of all of us here at Sierra Wave and our communities, we offer our sincere thanks to all the men and women of the fire service for the hard work and substantial effort put into containing this fire and protecting our residents and visitors. Good work!\

Iris Fire- Final Update

Size: 120 acres  

Containment: 93% 

Location: East of Rock Creek Road, near Iris Meadows Campground 

Fuels: Sagebrush, pinyon/juniper 

Cause: Lightning 

Update: Crews continue to patrol throughout the fire area. The focus remains on the 7% of open fire line on northeast corner of the fire, where crews continue to make progress improving containment lines and mopping up in very rugged and steep terrain.

Today, crews continue  fire suppression repair. This is a process where crews work to reduce the risk of soil erosion from fire line construction and other suppression activities.

California Incident Management Team (CIIMT) 13 Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander will be transitioning the fire back to the Inyo National Forest Type 4 incident Management Team at 6:00 pm. Additional Information regarding the fire will be on an as needed basis.

Weather: Dryer conditions are forecast today with breezy afternoon conditions through Wednesday.

 Rock Creek Road has re-opened as have most campgrounds. All resorts, and cabins are open. Motorists are advised to drive with caution as fire equipment may be coming in and out of the area and firefighters may occasionally be near the roadway. Please drive slowly for firefighter safety! Please note that Holiday and Palisade campgrounds remain closed for use by firefighters and equipment for the next several days.

All wilderness permits for the Rock Creek Canyon trailheads are being issued.

All resorts and cabins are open.

Mono Public Works District II and the California Highway Patrol continue to monitor traffic in the area for safety.

Resources: There are 265 personnel remain assigned to the incident, including 5 engines, 5 crews, 1 water tender, and 2 helicopters.

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