#LionFire | October 9, 2017

UPDATE 1 – 10/9/2017

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

The Lion Fire is located near Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest.  It was started by lightning on September 24, 2017, around 1700 hours PDT.

FIRE FUELS

Fire fuels include timber litter and understory with about two feet tall brush and a foot-tall grass.  Pine needles are also in the mix.

RESOURCES

There are approximately 221 personnel assigned to this incident.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior is moving to the south and east and actively backing down towards the Little Kern, 32E02 and 33E14 trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness.  No aerial ignition was conducted today due to poor air quality and Sunday’s allowed increased acreage.  A cold front was due to cover the area bringing the max temps down to 61-63* degrees.

Crews are actively monitoring the fire as it moves closer to containment lines on the south and east flanks and are monitoring for any potential threats while in structure protection mode.  They have complete structure defense operations by building a fireline around structures at Grey Meadow and Trout Meadow.

Picture taken September 26, 2017

The fire has scorched 11,700 acres and has a containment status of zero-percent.   It is actively burning in standing dead trees, scattered debris from previous wildfires and is wind-driven.

Fire Officials expect full containment to be reached by November 27, 2017.

SMOKE IMPACTS

Winds were expected to move out the smoke from Eastern Kern County that were previously impacting the area.  Eastern winds are due to bring the smoke into the San Joaquin Valley and Western Sierra mountain communities.  Diurnal winds will most likely bring smoke into Kernville and into surrounding communities such as Lake Isabella in the evening and Tuesday morning.  Conditions may be increased to fair throughout the region throughout Tuesday.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been no  injuries reported nor any damage/destruction to any structures.

FIRE IMAGE

Credit goes to Inciweb.

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report

 

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