Update @7pm, June 19: Alabama Fire Press Release–Vegetation Fire mapped at 419 acres with 260 personnel assigned. Fire mostly on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land with CAL FIRE having primary responsibility for attacking wildland fire and suppression actions, even on federal public lands.
Update, June 19 @8am from CAL FIRE: #AlabamaFire after hard work through the night and morning containment has increased to 30% acreage remains 419. Road closures at Whitney Portal X Hogback and Movie Rd. X Hogback still in effect. Unified Command with U.S. Forest Service – Inyo National Forest #CALFIRE
Fire determined to be lightning caused. At least one other small fire in Bair’s Creek area. Current fire weather warning with threat of additional thunderstorm activity.
Evacuations were lifted and campgrounds are open.
UPDATE –Road Closures: Hogback.
Whitney Portal Road, Movie Road, and Horseshoe Roads are reported as now being open, however use CAUTION as there is fire equipment and firefighters in the area still working the fire.
Original post on Friday, June 18, 2021 @11:45am: Early this morning there was a wildfire northwest in an area outside Lone Pine in the Inyo National Forest near the Alabama Hills.
Around 6am it was reported to be around 200 acres but has since grown to 300 acres. A fire line has been started but the fire is 0% contained.
Campers and local residents of Granite View and Horseshoe were ordered to evacuated. One couple living in the area near the fire told Sierra Wave that their phone at the house in the Alabama Hills had been ringing off the hook with emergency alerts, but otherwise little else was happening near the housing area. The couple had just gotten back from a “drive-about” to see if there was more information they could gather. No homes or structures have yet been reported threatened or destroyed. Some water drops were taking place. They estimated the fire was 7 or 8 miles from their home and posed little, if any threat.
People are asked to avoid the area so as to not interfere with firefighting efforts.