June Fire update

 

Photo - R.D. Cohan

Update:

June Fire Grows to 65 Acres- Crews Make Good Progress

The June Fire is estimated to be 65 acres and 50% contained.

Today, a coordinated effort included strategic retardant and water drops to help “box the fire”

Photos by R.D. Cohan

Photos by R.D. Cohan

and cool hot spots along the edge while multiple crews improved fireline on the southeast flank as well as continuing line construction to the north and western flanks.  Crews used the shaded fuel break to assist in line construction near the community. The fire is burning in an area with multiple dead and downed trees in the mixed conifer forest.

The concern for today was strong, erratic, and gusty winds over the fire area. Firefighters on the ground as well as air attack are being diligent to try to detect possible spots outside the fire perimeter as a result of this wind event.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has arrived. SoCal Team 3, under Incident Commander Mike Wakoski, received a briefing the local fire staff this evening. The Incident Command Post is being set up in Lee Vining.

 

Photo - Tom Okeefe

Photo – Tom Okeefe

Evacuations remain in effect and are mandatory east of June Mountain and south of Hwy 158.  Highway 158 is closed at the south junction with Highway 395 and remains closed north to Rainbow Lane. Closures along the Highway 158 corridor were better defined today and will be strictly enforced. Do not enter closure areas—numerous firefighters and equipment are in these areas. The closures are for your safety and firefighter safety.

There are no reports of damage to property at this time and structure protection is in place.  Mono County Sheriff began escorts for evacuated residents today. These brief escorts allow residents to gather essential needs from their home. Mono County Social Services has opened the June Lake Community Center  as an emergency shelter.

June Lake and Gull Lake remain closed for boats and flotation devices as these lakes will be used as dipping sites for aerial operations. The Reversed Creek Campground, the June Lake Campground, and the Gull Lake Campground are closed.

Southern California Edison has powered down power lines at the request of firefighters for firefighter safety. Additionally a section of fiber optic cable was burned in fire—affecting cell coverage in June Lake. Verizon is ready to replace the cable as soon as it is safe to do so.

Numerous resources from California Office of Emergency Services, CHP, Cal Trans, Cal Fire, Mono County, Inyo County, local fire departments, US Forest Service, and BLM are assisting.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Please look for updates on the forest’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/inyonf) and Mono County Sheriff’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Mono-County-Sheriffs-Department).

June Fire Estimated to be 50 Acres

The June Fire, which started at the base of June Mountain yesterday, is estimated to be 50 acres and 0% contained.  Fire behavior includes torching, spotting, and active runs.

Night crews made good progress constructing line along the south flank of the fire, which is nearest to the community. Burning operations were conducted along this line to remove fuels that could feed the main fire. Crews also began line construction along the eastern flank of the fire (near June Mountain Ski Area) and working up the mountain.

The focus today will remain on securing and anchoring this southeast flank and then to continue line construction along the fire’s edge further up the mountain.  Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity is in the forecast today; however erratic and gusty winds are forecast for the fire area today.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered. SoCal Team 3, under Incident Commander Mike Wakoski, is travelling today and will in-brief with the local fire staff this evening.

Structures are threatened.  Evacuations are mandatory east of June Mountain and south of Hwy 158.  Highway 158 is closed at the south junction with Highway 395 and remains closed north to Rainbow Lane. Closures along the Highway 158 corridor will be better defined today and will be strictly enforced. Do not enter closure areas—numerous firefighters and equipment are in these areas. The closures are for your safety and firefighter safety.

There are no reports of damage to property at this time and structure protection is in place.  Mono County Sheriff will begin escorts for evacuated residents today. These escorts will be brief and allow residents to gather essential needs from their home. Mono County Social Services has opened the June Lake Community Center  as an emergency shelter.

June Lake and Gull Lake are closed today for boats and flotation devices as these lakes will be used as dipping sites for aerial operations. The Reversed Creek Campground and the Gull Lake Campground are closed.

Southern California Edison has powered down power lines at the request of firefighters for firefighter safety. This is affecting cell coverage and power in the area.

Numerous resources from California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, Mono County, Inyo County, local fire departments, US Forest Service, and BLM are assisting.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Please look for updates on the forest’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/inyonf) and Mono County Sheriff’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Mono-County-Sheriffs-Department).

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nemestrinus
nemestrinus
8 years ago

As a resident of the evacuated area, it was necessary to respect the “mandatory evacuation,” We experience the same thing in this area of June Lake whenever there is an extreme avalanche danger during the winter months. The biggest danger was from the possibility of flying embers carried by winds.… Read more »

Neil Ringlee
Neil Ringlee
8 years ago

I was fishing Silver Lake when I saw the smoke to the east and I just knew at that point that a part of Paradise was going up. We have had such a devastating three years in California with the dry conditions and now this. The June Lake Loop has… Read more »

Tony Cumia
Tony Cumia
8 years ago

It was cause by sparks from heavy equipment that JM employees were using at the bottom of Gull Canyon

Mr. Pickles
Mr. Pickles
8 years ago

The folks that refuse to evacuate from floods, fires, hurricanes etc. are the same ones that cry for help when these disasters reach their homes. Then, it is too late. You can cry for help as loud as you can but no one is going to hear you. A sensible… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Mr. Pickles

Mr.Pickles…..Problem with that is, it seems when there is a problem near-by or at your doorstep,from what I’ve seen (not just around here,but most everywhere), when or if it happens, there are way too many “experts” that turn out not to be so expert.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

wilderbeast….One more comment,and that’s it for the day….going fishing…It’s the residents choice whether to leave or not…some don’t expect,look for,or ask the fire department or “authorities” to “guarantee their safety”..The key to what you say here is,if you do leave,THEN it IS up to the “authorities” when your allowed to… Read more »

wilderbeast
wilderbeast
8 years ago

Actually, Mark….there is. A mandatory evacuation is issued when it is felt that residents are in imminent danger from the spread of the fire. It means there is a good probability that firefighters cannot guarantee your safety or your home’s safety because of wild fire that is approaching. The Sheriff… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  wilderbeast

I’ve been through three so-called mandatory evacuations where I currently live and four where I previously lived. The last time the Sheriff came by told me to leave I said I’m staying. They then asked me to sign something so they could notify my next of kin if I don’t… Read more »

Bob
Bob
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

The fact IS, you DO live somewhere where a fire fighter will try to save and protect your home. You should sign what LE asks you to do. It’s idiots like you that make keeping people safe a long drawn out process. I’m all for staying and protecting your property,… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Oooooh…Mr. Toughguy from Alaska…

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, Sure, many evacuations are overly reactionary, but have seen hundreds of embers flying horizontally for hundreds of feet and sixty foot trees burst into flames and crown out just from the heat far away from actual flames. Don’t overestimate your “clearance”. And why the hell do people move to… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

There is no such thing as “mandatory evacuation”.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

If you want to live, there is. BK

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

I would agree some would want to leave if they don’t have the clearance.

I cut down every last Pine Tree on my property. I didn’t like the fire risk and I got sick and tired of the Pine needles.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

See wilderbeast’s comment.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark….Here I go agreeing with you again….When some agencies over-react and start with the “mandatory evacuation” thing,what it does is make people not take things serious in future instances when it would be a good idea to evacuate your home or area…examples are the numerous sunami warnings and evacuations over-seas… Read more »

Steve
Steve
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

We should never forget Black Saturday 2009. 173 Australian residents died because they refused to evacuate. When firefighters asked residents to leave, the people said “not until I see firetrucks on my street.” I understand what you’re saying Mark. It’s a judgement call. I’ve been kicked out of my Big… Read more »