The Lion Fire is now at 3,800 acres. Trail closures are still pending, but a general description of what will be closed was mentioned in the latest official report. Check it out below and plan your fall trips accordingly.
The Lion Fire, ignited by lightning on September 24, has grown to approximately 3,800 acres. It is burning north of Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest. Forest managers are preparing to close several trails to keep hikers from walking into the fire area. A map of the closure area will soon be posted on this website closing trails east of Nelson Cabin, south of Coyote Pass, northwest of Trout Meadow, and northeast of Grey Meadow.
Part of Lion Meadow is privately owned by R.M. Pyles Boys Camp. Crews are implementing structure protection by constructing fireline as the wildfire burns within and around the private property. Crews mopped up hot spots directly adjacent to the structures over the weekend to protect them. Additional work is occurring near Trout Meadow and Grey Meadow to protect structures in those locations in the event the fire moves south.
Firefighters are improving trails, utilizing Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), so they can be used as containment lines to stop the spread of the Lion Fire. Most of the current fire spread has been into an area that burned in the 2011 Lion Fire.
“This fire is spreading mostly through ground fuels in this remote part of the Wilderness,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. “Efforts to contain the fire will be made along routes where firefighters can work safely while avoiding stands of dead trees and inaccessible terrain.”
Nearby communities should anticipate smoke settling into the valleys in the late evening and early morning hours, because inversion patterns normally hold the smoke in low-lying areas. Please refer to the Smoke Forecast under the related incident links section on this website for the most up to date smoke information.