(Update 7/20) Glacier Fire above Big Pine Between Glacier Lodge and Baker Creek

Inyo National Forest

July 20, 2021 @1:35 pm: InciWeb Link—49 acres; 90% contained

The Glacier Fire remains 49 acres in size, 90% contained and no closures are in effect at this time. Yesterday, the fire area received moderate to heavy precipitation. Today the threat of storms has diminished, and a hotshot crew was flown in to continue improving and strengthening containment lines.

This morning a reconnaissance flight is taking place over the Golden Trout Wilderness area so that fire staff can assess two small lightning-caused fires that were reported there yesterday near Volcano Meadow and Templeton Mountain. Crews have been unable to locate a third that was reported near Jordan Hot Springs. This area also received moderate to heavy rainfall.

Two other lightning-caused fires were reported yesterday, one near the Mammoth Scenic Loop and one near Hot Creek, and both of these have been contained.

As the area warms and dries new fires may be discovered. These lightning holdovers can be discovered up to a week after a storm. While new fires are still possible, yesterday’s rain should decrease the risk for new starts making large runs.

Updates will be posted to InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7668/ and on the Forest Facebook https://www.facebook.com/inyonf and Twitter pages: https://twitter.com/Inyo_NF.

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July 19, 2021 @1:35 pm: InciWeb Link—49 acres; 90% contained

The Glacier Fire remains 49 acres in size and 90% contained. No closures are in effect at this time. Yesterday, crews were pulled off the fire due to the approaching thunderstorms. The fire area received moderate precipitation yesterday and there is an 80% chance of showers today.

This morning a reconnaissance flight took place over the area of the Glacier Fire and confirmed no fire growth. The flight also included the Golden Trout Wilderness area so that fire staff could assess the three small lightning-caused fires that were reported there this morning.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for the area through 8 p.m. today. The potential for heavy rainfall and flash flooding exists this afternoon and evening over the Eastern Sierra and White Mountains as thunderstorms develop over the higher terrain. Rainfall rates of up to 1 inch an hour are possible. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may become favorable for flooding of creeks and stream in and around recent burn areas. In steep terrain, the rainfall could trigger rockfalls and deposit debris on roadways. Be prepared to take immediate action should rainfall trigger flash flooding.

Updates will be posted to InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7668/ and on the Forest Facebook https://www.facebook.com/inyonf and Twitter pages: https://twitter.com/Inyo_NF.

July 18, 2021 @2:27 pm: InciWeb Link—49 acres; 90% contained

The Glacier Fire remains 49 acres in size and 90% contained. No closures are in effect at this time. Today crews were pulled off fire due to the approaching storms. The fire area is currently receiving moderate precipitation.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning for the Sierra Nevada Mountains today and tomorrow for thunderstorms that can produce strong winds, heavy rain, and possibly new lightning-started wildfires.

July 17, 2021 @11:53 am: InciWeb Link45 acres; 90% contained

Incident Type: Wildfire; Updated: 18 min. ago; Size: 49 Acres Contained: 90%

Firefighters have made good progress containing the Glacier Fire, which is burning on a high ridge between Big Pine and Baker Creeks, west of Big Pine, California. The fire is now approximately 49 acres in size and 90% contained. No closures are in effect at this time.

Today, firefighters will continue strengthening and improving the fireline. They are also mopping up, which is the process of finding and extinguishing hotspots within the perimeter of the fire. Mopping up may include extinguishing burning material near control lines, felling snags, and trenching logs to prevent rolling after an area has burned, to make a fire safe, or to reduce residual smoke. Helicopter and air tanker support continues as aircraft are available.

Increasingly cloudy conditions are expected today with southeast winds 9-15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. There is a 40% chance of thunderstorms and rain Sunday and Monday.

Updates will be posted to InciWeb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7668/ and on the Forest Facebook https://www.facebook.com/inyonf and Twitter pages: https://twitter.com/Inyo_NF.

Fire Restrictions remain in effect for the Inyo National Forest and Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Campfires are allowed only in developed campgrounds and recreation sites. A portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel may be used with a valid wilderness or California Campfire Permit in dispersed areas. Smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle, building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of flammable material.

July 16, 2021 @9:47 am: InciWeb Link45 acres; no containment listed.

July 15, 2021 @6:51 pm: InciWeb Link — 15 acres; no containment listed.

July 15, 2021 @8:45 am: InciWeb LinkThe Glacier Fire was reported on 1:18 p.m. on Wednesday July 14, 2021 and is located between Glacier Lodge and Baker Creek in the Big Pine Creek area. There are two fires in this area – both lightning-caused. One is the Glacier Fire and is approximately 5 acres in size. The Glacier North Fire is also approximately 5 acres in size.

Crews made good progress on containment lines overnight. They are being supported by multiple helicopter and air tanker drops during the day. Water and retardant drops help slow down fire spread so ground crews can make progress constructing fireline.

Glacier Fire and Glacier Fire North. Both at 5 acres. No information on level of containment.

[Note 7/14: Information is difficult to come by. No listing on InciWeb or Cal Fire websites. Big Pine Fire Department posted some information along with a photo. Inyo National Forest posted some information on its Facebook page.]

July 14, 2021 @7:30 pm: Vegetation Fire – Glacier Fire is holding within retardant lines and ground crews will be working throughout the night. 5 helicopters, 2 airtankers, and 3 engine crews are committed. Additional crews are on order.

Fire above Big Pine (Photo courtesy of Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department)

July 14, 2021 @5:30 pm: Vegetation Fire – Firefighters are responding to the Glacier Fire which is approximately 5 acres in size and located between Glacier Lodge and Baker Creek in the Big Pine Creek area. Two helicopters and multiple air tankers are dropping on the fire. Three engines are also on scene.
July 14, 2021 @1:40 pm: VEGETATION FIRE Glacier Fire @Inyo_NF west of #BigPine north of Glacier Lodge in Big Pine Creek. Air attack and tankers enroute. CHP reported 1-1/2 acres. 6 air tankers assigned now: T-74, 75, 76, 78, 80 & 83.
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Original post: Firefighters are responding to the Glacier Fire which is approximately 5 acres in size and located between Glacier Lodge and Baker Creek in the Big Pine Creek area. Two helicopters and multiple air tankers are dropping on the fire. Three engines are also on scene.

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One Response to (Update 7/20) Glacier Fire above Big Pine Between Glacier Lodge and Baker Creek

  1. dpblue July 15, 2021 at 10:45 am #

    Thankyou first responders.
    Thankyou Big Pine Fire Department.

     

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