Video: Golden Trout Wilderness Experience

Back in June a large group of young women headed out to the Golden Trout Wilderness and what looks like up to Cottonwood Lakes area. User Lindsey Raymond published a video last year summarizing the adventure in 2016. Looks like they have returned for another adventure. Enjoy the smiles, laughter, and experience!

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Lion Fire at 90% Containment

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Remember the Lion Fire? Well it is still active and now at 90% containment. The cooling temps and now an expected storm should get the last 10% remaining. At least, that is what the officials are predicting. Here is the official announcement.

The Lion Fire grew to 18,900 acres, and is currently 90 percent contained. The fire continues to hold along containment lines with very few hot spots remaining in Leggett Creek near Forest Trail 33E01. Firefighters will continue to patrol the Fire by helicopter until winter weather arrives and the fire can be declared out. A storm is expected this weekend, which will likely extinguish all remaining hot spots.

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Trail Closure Forest Order Terminated

If you haven’t heard already via our Facebook page, the trails closed due to the Lion Fire on the Sequoia National Forest side of the wilderness are now open. Below is the exact wording about this update.

The Forest Closure was terminated on Monday October 23rd, all trails have been reopened for backcountry travel in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Please call the Western Divide Ranger District Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or go online on the Sequoia National Forest website to obtain a wilderness permit for overnight stay in the Wilderness.

There is still time to get some fall backpacking into the Golden Trout Wilderness. However, this time of year the weather can be quite unpredictable and on the colder side. Make sure to check the weather service during your planning phases and before heading out. Currently they are projecting high temps next weekend in the upper 50’s for the day and lows in the upper 30’s at night around 6500 feet elevation.

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Video: Horseshoe Meadow to Forks of the Kern

Enjoy a users journey through the Golden Trout Wilderness. The individual starts on the eastern most side in Horseshoe Meadow and comes out at the Forks of the Kern. The video is shaky at times, but viewers should get some HD video of known landmarks. Can you name the places in the video?

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Lion Fire Settles into the Kern River Canyon

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Active fire burning into the Kern River. Photo taken above Hockett Peak looking north. Photo from Inciweb

The Lion Fire still remains at 75% containment prior to the potential storm entering the area today. Depending on if and how much rain falls across the area, it may be at a higher containment. Here is the latest news release and summary of conditions as of late yesterday.

The Lion Fire has burned 19,210 acres and is 75 percent contained with moderate fire behavior yesterday. Crews were inserted into the fire location and assessed the ability to go direct on the fire with handlines.

Today the fire is moderate with crews implementing direct attack methods by constructing direct fireline using natural barriers when possible. The fire remains on the west side of the Kern River. Smoke was minimal today with good dispersion. Air and ground resources were able to gain access early due to low smoke impacts and are making good progress.

All significant activity is on the easternmost area of the Lion Fire, east of Angora Mountain to the Kern River. Teams have been spiked to check movement to the north and south. A switch to northwest winds has occurred bringing smoke from the Napa Fires up the San Joaquin Valley as well as the canyons of the foothills. Fire managers are expecting west to northwest winds today and passage of a cold front tonight, which could bring some light rain.

A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National Forest visitors by prohibiting entry into the area while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place, helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices or call 559-784-1500 for more.

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Lion Fire at 75% Containment!

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The Lion Fire is now at 75% containment. Trail closures are still in place, so plan accordingly. The official news update for today is below.

The Lion Fire is currently 19,050 acres and 75% contained. The fire continues to hold in the south and west containment lines with fire growth moving east toward the Kern River. The Fish fire scar is south of the fire. However, the fire’s growth is to the east in an area with no previous fire scar to slow down its progression.

The fire remained active yesterday, with the west wind pushing the fire across Hockett Trail (33E01) to the Kern River. At this time the fire is on the west side of the river. If the fire crossed the Kern River, the fire behavior and smoke production will increase, declining air quality.

Today, crews will assess our ability to go direct with handline and secure the fire’s edge. We are using aircraft to minimize fire growth, and moderate fire activity as the fire approaches the Kern River.

A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National Forest visitors by prohibiting entry into the area while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place, helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices or call 559-784-1500 for more information.

Smoke Impacts: Only moderate levels of smoke under cloudy conditions this morning, although areas along the Kern River Valley to the south still have higher levels of smoke which should clear by noon or earlier. Light west transport winds today should push smoke aloft toward the Owens Valley, although no significant air quality impacts are expected. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting eitherwww.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. For Lion Fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

Please visit Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District – Home for more air quality information.

 

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Wildfire Update: Lion Fire Over 17,000 Acres

The Lion Fire is now at 17,380 acres. Containment of the naturally started wildfire has moved up to 35%. The official news announcement, also from the Sequoia NF Facebook page, is below.

Location: Golden Trout Wilderness, Lion Meadow
Acres Burned: 17,380 acres
Structures Threatened: 0
Containment: 35%
Structures Destroyed: 0
Fire Started: September 24, 2017
Injuries: 2
Cause: Lightning
Total personnel assigned to the fire: 90

Summary:
The Lion fire is currently 17,380 acres, after 580 acres of growth. Fire growth occurred in the southern and eastern portions of the fire. The fire’s growth along the southern portion of the fire was a result of an aerial and hand defensive firing operation that was conducted along the southern edge of the fire, east of Burnt Corral. Ground resources continued tactical burn operations by hand firing west along the Lion Meadow Trail (32E02) and successfully tied into the Little Kern River.

Ground resources worked to secure the fire’s edge along the Lion Meadow Trail (32E02) resulting from the firing operations as the intensity of the larger woody debris along the Lion Meadow Trail (32E02) cooled off. The fire’s growth within the eastern portion of the fire is the result of the fires natural progression. Increased fire activity in the Angora Creek drainage which is along the eastern edge of the fire, spotted north into the Leggett Creek drainage. The spot fire was estimated to be approximately 30 acres in size.

Today, Oct. 16, 2017, helicopters will continue dropping water along the active portions of the fire in Angora and Leggett Creeks eliminating the forward spread of fire to the east. Smoke production should significantly be reduced to smoldering large woody debris as a result of the firefight effort conducted yesterday along the Lion Meadow Trail (32E02). Resources within the West and South divisions are assessing suppression repair needs of the primary and secondary control line.

A temporary area and trails closure for the Lion Fire area, within the Golden Trout Wilderness, on the Western Divide Ranger District is in effect. The Forest Order is for the protection of National Forest visitors by prohibiting entry into the area while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place, helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sequoia/alerts-notices or call 559-784-1500for more information

Smoke Impacts:
A combination of high pressure increased smoke production, and easterly transport winds were giving many canyon and foothill areas a smoky start this morning, likely lingering into early afternoon. Some smoke still being generated from the Pier Fire is adding to impacts around Camp Nelson. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. For Lion Fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

Contact: Lion Fire Information
559-784-1500 ext. 1112
2017lionfire@gmail.com

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Wildfire Update: Lion Fire Over 16,000 Acres!

As of today, October 14, 2017, the Lion Fire has grown to 16,250 acres, an increase of 800 acres. Fire managers yesterday observed good fire behavior and effects, the need to complete firing operations was not necessary to bolster control lines. Allowing the fire to progress naturally by backing toward trail 32E02 and the southern control line.

The fire continues to back down the southeast face of White Mountain and southwest face of Angora Mountain towards trail 32E02, a trail that is being used to slow down the progression of the fire till it reaches the southern control line.

Incident Commanders continue to work with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) for firing operation approval, while wildland fire suppression operations are taking place to continue to keep up with the fire. One hotshot crew is preparing for a planned defensive firing operation today on 32E02 trail from the Fish fire scar to Burnt Corral Meadow, and firefighters have scouted trails near the Kern River Drainage, in case the fire moves towards the river. Crews remain engaged in prepping the southern control lines by reducing fuels and finishing line construction around private property and cultural values. In addition, prep continues on the southern control lines – summit trail and the north rd.

Today at 0600, Sequoia National Forest Type 3 Incident Command under IC James Robertson transitioned to Sequoia National Forest Type 3 Incident Command under IC Ernie Villa.

Smoke Impacts:

As high pressure moves in from the south, smoke will begin a westward push. This should decrease the impacts to the eastern Sierra area this weekend, but bring some impacts towards communities near the foothills from Three Rivers and Visalia south to Springville and Porterville tonight into Sunday. Some residual smoke from the northern California fires gradually is dispersing in the San Joaquin Valley, although generation north of the Bay Area continues. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. Lion Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

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Wildfire Update: Lion Fire now at 13,980 acres!

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As of October 11th, the Lion Fire is estimated to be 13,980 acres, after growing 200 acres overnight. The fire continues to back down the southeast face of White Mountain and southwest face of Angora Mountain towards the Lion Meadow trail (32E02) that is being used to slow down the progression of the fire till it reaches the southern control line.

We continue to work with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to ensure that we are managing smoke impacts and only using defensive aerial ignition when it is necessary to moderate fire behavior and keep our firefighters safe.

Two hotshot crews are finishing the prep of Lion Meadow trail near Burnt Corral; this location will be used to conduct a defensive firing operation once the fire advances closer to the trail. In addition, prep continues on the southern control lines – summit trail and the north road.

We will continue to keep a presence in Lion Meadow to monitor and ensure that the private property and values are secure.

Smoke Impacts:

Smoke from Northern California will impact the San Joaquin Valley and western communities today. Westerly winds this morning will move smoke into the Eastern Sierras. Diurnal winds will continue to bring smoke into Kernville and the surrounding communities in Lake Isabella in the evening and morning. Dispersion conditions will be fair today. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting eitherwww.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org. Lion Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

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Wildfire Update: Lion Fire Grows and Trail Closures Released

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The Lion Fire is now over 10,000 acres in size! Trail closures have been official released and can be read in the Forest Order. The latest information about the fire can be read below.

The Lion Fire has now grown to 10,250 acres. It is burning slowly south of Coyote Peaks in the Golden Trout Wilderness of the Sequoia National Forest. The fire is backing down White and Angora Mountain ridges and working its way through the steep and rocky terrain south towards the Old Fish Fire. Crews continue to concentrate efforts to contain the fire along routes where firefighters can work safely while avoiding stands of dead trees and inaccessible terrain.

The fire is being suppressed with a confine and contain suppression approach. A confine and contain suppression strategy will keep the fire in a planned area, by constructing fireline, along with natural barriers limiting the fire’s spread. This strategy will allow for the mitigation of known and anticipated hazards to our firefighters while providing the highest probability of success.

Crews have mopped up hot spots directly adjacent to structures, and continue to monitor and patrol the private property adjacent to Lion Meadow. Fire crews have implemented structure protection operations by constructing fireline as the wildfire burns around this property, as well as providing structure protection at Grey Meadow and Trout Meadow.

Smoke Impacts:

As high pressure slowly builds over the region for the next few days nearby communities should continue to anticipate smoke settling into the valleys in the late evening or early morning hours, lifting in the afternoon each day. You can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org,

For current information Lion Fire and daily smoke outlooks for nearby communities, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

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