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.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6877/

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Amy Hubbard
Amy Hubbard
2 years ago

Thank you!

Amy Hubbard
Amy Hubbard
2 years ago

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

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  Amy Hubbard

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
erik simpson
2 years ago
Reply to  Amy Hubbard

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).

olrunner
olrunner
2 years ago

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… Read more »

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  olrunner

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… Read more »

Diane Baker
Diane Baker
2 years ago

Thank you firefighters for all your hard work!

RJW
RJW
2 years ago

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

erik simpson
erik simpson
2 years ago
Reply to  RJW

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

Indygal
Indygal
2 years ago

Thank you firefighters!

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
2 years ago

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