Wildfire: Indian Fire

2017_08_06-21.16.48.346-CDT

Photo from InciWeb

A wildfire is located within the Inyo National Forest side of the Golden Trout Wilderness. Trail closures have been issued and are listed in the press release below. If you were going into Jordan Hot Springs, you will need to redo your plans. See the news below.

Incident: Indian Fire Wildfire
Released: 51 min. ago

Crews continue their response to the Indian Fire. It is estimated to be 220 acres and 0% contained.

The fire is burning in the 2002 McNally Fire footprint in whitethorn brush and Jeffrey pine at 8,400 ft. Snags (standing dead or dying trees) present a substantial safety concern for fire crews, so a modified suppression response is being used. Three helicopters are being used to cool the fire’s edge and slow fire growth to confine and contain the fire.

There is currently no threat to life or property. Moderate fire behavior is being observed with the fire creeping between dead and down trees that fell after the McNally Fire.

The forest is extending the emergency closure of the trails to include:

  • Casa Vieja to Red Rock Meadow via Jordon Hot Springs
  • Casa Vieja to Red Rock Meadow via Lost Trout Creek (Beer Keg Meadow)
  • Red Rock Meadow to Templeton Cow Camp

These closures are due to the fire and due to the substantial hazard created by falling snags. Hikers are advised to avoid this and the nearby area during the fire response. Fire crews are using Jordon Hot Springs for fire operations.

Smoke is visible and drifting into the southern Owens Valley near Olancha as well as areas throughout the southern Sierra.

The fire appears to be lightning-caused and ignited on August 2. It is burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness, near Indian Head Peak, north of the Jordon Hot Springs.

Source: InciWeb

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