Lifting of Closures – USFS Iris Fire Update Daily Update | July 27 as of 7:00 a.m.

Photo from Mammoth Lakes Fire Department Facebook Post

Iris Fire- Daily Update:  July 27, 2020  (USFS – INF Press Release) 

 Iris Fire – Lifting of Closures

Size: 120 acres

Containment: 90%

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

Fuels: Sagebrush, pinyon/juniper

Cause: Lightning

Update: Crews continue to mop up and patrol throughout the fire area. The focus remains on the 10% 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, many of the crews will be involved in 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 would like to take the opportunity to thank the public for their continued patience and understanding as firefighters work to complete fire containment efforts.

Weather: Isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast for this evening and into Monday which could bring more lightning to the area.

Opening of Closures: Rock Creek Road at Tom’s Place will reopen no later than noon today. 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 honored. This includes the Little Lakes (including the Mono Pass Trail that starts here) and Hilton Lakes Trailhead.

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

Resources: There are 300 personnel remain assigned to the incident, including 10 engines, 5 crews, 1 water tender, and 2 helicopters.


11 Responses to Lifting of Closures – USFS Iris Fire Update Daily Update | July 27 as of 7:00 a.m.

  1. Amy Hubbard July 27, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

    Thank you!

  2. Amy Hubbard July 26, 2020 at 4:14 pm #

    Have any of the actual campgrounds burned? If so, which ones, and will they be closed for an extended time?

    • Charles James July 26, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

      We’ll ask the Forest Service. There has been nothing in the daily updates that would seem to support that campgrounds were damaged, only closed. As of 6:20 pm, we haven’t received an update, but when we do, we’ll definitely post it for readers and listeners.–SWM

    • erik simpson July 27, 2020 at 7:14 am #

      From the fire maps, it looks like none of the camps were touched. LIkewise roads and trails, except for the 4WD road on Wheeler bench (not visible fromthe Rock Creek Road).

  3. olrunner July 26, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

    I have reservations at French Camp beginning July 31. Should I be looking for an alternative site? I know that reports said trailheads would be closed through today (July 26) and another comment suggested the road to the Lake would open on the 27th? What are the possibilities of French Camp and other sites in the valley, opening tomorrow, July 27th

    • Charles James July 26, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

      UPDATE ON JULY 26 AT 7:00 P.M.: Looks like French Camp will be open tomorrow, July 27, after all! These firefighters are amazing…and the Forest Service threw some significant resources at this fire to bring it under control even though it was located in some rough terrain. If you are still coming up, please have a safe trip and again, bring masks and face coverings and practice good safety protocols.–Charles

      EARLIER MESSAGE: The current information posted on the French Camp Campground is that it is “Closed due to wildfire.”
      The most current information that we have here at Sierra Wave from the USFS is that French Camp is that it is still closed due to wildfire. There should be another update later this afternoon or evening, but it would appear unlikely that French Camp and other camps in the area might suddenly be reopened by tomorrow.
      The best way for you to find “up-to-the-minute” information would be to call the Inyo National Forest office directly at 760-873-2400.
      Please remember to bring masks/face covering with you and follow health order protocols. They are mandated in both Inyo and Mono counties. We are experiencing a significant surge in COVID-19 cases, especially in Mono County.
      If you cannot be dissuaded from coming up here at this time, and please consider it, have a safe trip and stay well. We do like tourists up here, but these are troubling times with this ongoing pandemic and the large influx of tourists in the last few weeks has really caused a strain on our local healthcare providers and facilities.

  4. Diane Baker July 25, 2020 at 7:26 pm #

    Thank you firefighters for all your hard work!

  5. RJW July 25, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

    Any news on when the road to Rock Creek Lake will open?

    • erik simpson July 25, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

      At the closure near Tom’s Place I was told that the road is expected to open Monday (27Jul).

  6. Indygal July 24, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

    Thank you firefighters!

  7. Charles O. Jones July 24, 2020 at 8:17 am #

    The aerial firefighting display was impressive. Thanks for hitting this fire hard and early.


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