Photo from Mammoth Lakes FD Facebook Post

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.

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