The Lions Fire is estimated at 7,494 acres with 60% containment, showing an increase of 846 acres. There are 180 personnel committed to the fire, including 7 crews, 4 helicopters, and a pack string of mules from the Stanislaus National Forest.
The most active portion of the fire remains on the western flank in the Cargyle Creek Drainage of the Sierra National Forest. Increased fire activity is expected today.
Crews continue to make progress on the fire. The fireline along the northeast flank of the fire remains secure (south of Fern Lake) and crews are slowly strengthening this line to the west towards Corral Meadows with burnout operations. This line provides a buffer, keeping the main fire from spotting into King Creek to protect developed areas in Devils Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow, and Mammoth Lakes. Burnout operations will continue to occur in the interior to secure the perimeter from fire runs.
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Along the western flank, crews are using trail networks and rock barriers for containment lines. Crews also continue to construct fireline along the southwest flank in an effort to keep the fire crossing the San Joaquin River. Helicopters are supporting them by cooling the fire’s edge with water drops.
The area has experienced approximately 50% tree mortality from bark beetles and drought conditions. Fire activity includes short duration crown runs and group torching. The south and west flanks are expanding slowly, and in some locations the fire is moving downslope.
Hot and dry conditions remain in the forecast. A Red Flag warning is in effect today from 10 am to Sunday 5 am for gusty winds and low humidity.
The Reds Meadow Road and all services in the Reds Meadow Valley, including Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls, remain open.
Closures: There is an emergency trail closure for the Fern Lake and Beck Lake Trails on the Inyo National Forest and emergency trail closures and a Forest Order to close the area on the Sierra National Forest (west of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and South of Iron Creek.
Stage 2 Health Advisory
Affected Areas: Mono County and Owens Valley with heaviest impacts currently from Crowley Lake to Coso Junction
Smoke Sources: Ferguson Fire, Lions Fire, Tarina Fire and Donnel Fire
Based on air pollution levels throughout the Owens Valley and Crowley Lake as well as early morning levels in Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes a Stage 2 Air Pollution Health Advisory is in effect throughout the day on August 4, 2018. Periods of heavy smoke and clearing may fluctuate during the day depending on wind patterns. Visit www.gbuapcd.org for near real time conditions.
For more information on ways to protect yourself from wildfire smoke, click here.
A Stage 2 Health Advisory recommends that everyone refrain from strenuous outdoor activities in the impacted areas.
Air pollution monitors in Inyo and Mono Counties:
Smoke conditions may change quickly. If you have any questions please visit: www.gbuapcd.org or call the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District office in Bishop at 760-872-8211 during regular business hours.
Health advisories on the web: https://gbuapcd.org/
Current Smoke Information
Information on all smoke events being monitored in the District: https://gbuapcd.org/smoke/