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Lion Fire Update, October 22nd: 50% contained, 19,215 Acres

Total Personnel 120

Size 19,215 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Monday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Smoke Report – Oct. 22, 2017
Smoke: Minimal air quality impacts expected today as a result of Lion Fire smoke, except in canyons immediately in the vicinity of the fire. Camp Nelson may continue to see some minor impacts from interior smoldering of the Pier Fire. Decreasing dispersion under warmer and drier conditions the next few days.
Fire: All significant activity remains on the far easternmost area of the Lion Fire, east of Angora Mountain to the Kern River. Very little smoke production is expected today.
Other: Forecasts reflect fine particulate matter only – not ozone. Real time air quality conditions: https://tinyurl.com/yd7ngvd8 This will be the final smoke outlook for the Lion Fire.
Oct. 22 Lion Fire Summary:
The Lion Fire continues to smolder with minimal fire behavior on the east of Angora Mountain to the Kern River. Firefighters continue to make great progress on mop-up operations along the fire’s perimeter and continue to patrol containment lines. Smoke continues to be observed inside the perimeter of the Lion Fire. 
Current acreage remains at 19,215 for the third day with 85 percent containment. Due to decreasing fire activity, the incident will transition to management by a Type 4 Incident Management Team tonight at 6 p.m. Crews will continue to monitor and repair the fire perimeter and mop-up any areas of concern.
The next Lion Fire Update will be Wednesday, October 25, unless significant fire or smoke activities occur. 
Reminder: 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. Backcountry users planning trips to the Golden Trout Wilderness are asked to call the Western Divide Ranger District at 559-539-2607 for the latest information on trail closures.
Smoke Impacts: 
Minimal air quality impacts expected today as a result of Lion Fire smoke, except in canyons immediately in the vicinity of the fire. Camp Nelson may continue to see some minor impacts from interior smoldering of the Pier Fire. Decreasing dispersion under warmer and drier conditions the next few days. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either http://www.airnow.gov or http://www.valleyair.org. For Lion Fire information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/
Basic Information

Current as of 10/22/2017, 3:57:29 PM

Incident Type Wildfire

Cause Lightning

Date of Origin Sunday September 24th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM

Location Near Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

Incident Commander Ronald Salazar USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel 120

Size 19,215 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%

Estimated Containment Date Monday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Timber litter and understory, 2-ft tall brush, and 1-ft tall grass. Pine needles and timber litter

Outlook

Remarks 

Forest Closure Order

0513-17-41

, has closed trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness northeast of Grey Meadow, northwest of Trout Meadow, east of Nelson Cabin, and south of the Park boundary.

Jerky Meadow and Summit Trails which encompasses the southern and western areas of the control lines were added to the closure area Oct. 12, 2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns 

A weak tropical disturbance will move across the fire area on Tuesday. Mid and high level clouds will increase with a 20 percent chance of a light rain shower through Tuesday evening. High pressure prevails for Wednesday before a weakening trough of low pressure passes through the region on Thursday. Winds on the fire will remain terrain driven with normal slope and valley conditions prevailing. Relative humidity will trend upward over the next few days.

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Lion Fire Update, 10/14/17, 10am: 16,250 Acres. 

Ponderosa circled in yellow. 
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 http://www.airnow.gov or http://www.valleyair.org. Lion Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/
Basic Information

Current as of 10/14/2017, 9:24:02 AM

Incident Type Wildfire

Cause Lightning

Date of Origin Sunday September 24th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM

Location Near Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

Incident Commander Ernie Villa USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel 150

Size 16,250 Acres

Estimated Containment Date Monday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Timber litter and understory, 2-ft tall brush, and 1-ft tall grass. Pine needles and timber litter

Outlook

Planned Actions 

Incident Commanders continue to work with the 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 Mdw, 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.

Remarks 

Forest Closure Order

0513-17-40

, has closed trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness northeast of Grey Meadow, northwest of Trout Meadow, east of Nelson Cabin, and south of the Park boundary.

Jerky Meadow and Summit Trails which encompasses the southern and western areas of the control lines were added to the closure area Oct. 12, 2017.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns 

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. Sky/weather…Sunny

Max Temperature…56-59

Min Humidity…28-31%

Eye Level Winds…Downslope/down canyon 2-4 mph in the morning shifting to upslope/up canyon 4-6 mph after 1200 PDT.

Surrounding Ridge…West to northwest 3-6 mph in the morning increasing to 8-13 mph with gust to 20 mph by afternoon.

Mixing height… Less than 500ft AGL in the morning, rising to 5000ft AGL by afternoon Transport winds…Northwest around 9 mph

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Lion Fire Update, 10/9/17, More Acres, More smoke in the Valley. 

Photo: View from Springville, looking northeast. 10/10/17, 7am. 

The Lion fire has grown an additional 750 acres and is now 11,700 acres. The fire continues to actively back down towards the Little Kern, 32E02, and 33E14 trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Keeping the fire from the North system trails 32E02 and the Needles Rock outcrop to protect the community of Ponderosa, and South of the Sequoia National Park boundary. Crews continue prepping and strengthening the southern control lines and began prep work on the summit trail yesterday near Jacobson Meadow.

The current suppression strategy remains to keep the fire in a planned area, using natural barriers and existing trails, keeping new control line construction to a minimum. “This strategy combined with defensive firing allows for the mitigation of known and anticipated hazards, reducing fuels ahead of the fire providing our firefighters the highest probability of success,” stated Jack Medina Lion fire Incident Commander.

As the fire gets closer to the control lines on the south and east flanks of the Lion fire crews are monitoring for any potential threat and are ready to take defensive action if necessary. Fire crews have implemented structure defense operations by constructing fireline before the wildfire burns around structures at Grey Meadow and Trout Meadow.

The fire continues to burn actively, driven by wind, standing dead trees, and scattered debris from previous wildfires. Forest managers have closed several trails to keep hikers from walking into the fire area. Information and a map of the closure area

Smoke Impacts:

East transport winds today should clear out smoke from Eastern Kern County, but will bring smoke into San Joaquin Valley and Western Sierra mountain communities. Diurnal winds will continue to bring smoke into Kernville and the surrounding communities in Lake Isabella in the evening and morning. Dispersion conditions will remain good today into the region becoming fair tomorrow. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either http://www.airnow.gov or http://www.valleyair.org. Lion Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/

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Lion Fire Update, 10/8/17, 10am: 10,950 Acres, Photos From Needles. 

Views from the Needles trailhead. 
As of today, the Lion Fire is now 10,950 acres. The fire continues to actively back down towards the Little Kern, 32E02, and 33E14 trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Yesterday’s continued poor air quality conditions kept firefighters from initiating any aerial ignitions on the Lion fire. Crews continued to prep the southern control lines and will be starting on the summit trail tomorrow near Jacobson Meadow. Crews continue to maintain a presence in Lion Meadow private property providing structure protection due to lingering heat with the higher temperatures lately.The current suppression strategy will keep the fire in a planned area, using natural barriers and existing trails and by constructing minimal fireline. This strategy will allow for the mitigation of known and anticipated hazards to our firefighters while providing the highest probability of success.

As the fire gets closer to the containment lines on the south and east flanks of the Lion Fire crews will be monitoring for any potential threat and are prepared to take defensive action. 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.

The fire continues to burn actively upslope, driven by wind, steep terrain, standing dead trees, and scattered debris. Forest managers have closed several trails to keep hikers from walking into the fire area. Information and a map of the closure area

Smoke Impacts:

West this morning along the ridge top near the Lion Fire, could bring smoke down into Eastern Sierra communities throughout the afternoon. Diurnal winds will continue to bring smoke into Kernville and the surrounding communities around Lake Isabella in the evening and mornings. East winds tomorrow should clear out smoke from eastern Kern County but may bring smoke into the San Joaquin Valley. Dispersion conditions will remain good through Monday. You can learn more about air quality, and daily smoke forecasts are available visiting either http://www.airnow.gov or http://www.valleyair.org. Lion Fire visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5626/
Basic Information

Current as of 10/8/2017, 8:17:00 AM

Incident Type Wildfire

Cause Lightning

Date of Origin Sunday September 24th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM

Location Near Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

Incident Commander Jack Medina USFS, Joe Gonzales USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel 221

Size 10,950 Acres

Estimated Containment Date Monday November 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved 

Timber litter and understory, 2-ft tall brush, and 1-ft tall grass. Pine needles and timber litter

Outlook

Planned Actions 

Continue defensive firing in front of fire establishing a break in unfavorable areas to ensure firefighter safety.

Remarks 

Forest Closure Order

0513-17-40

, has closed trails in the Golden Trout Wilderness northeast of Grey Meadow, northwest of Trout Meadow, east of Nelson Cabin, and south of the Park boundary.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns 

A cooling trend will take place over the fire location in the next 24-48 hours, with little change in relative humidity values with generally light terrain driven winds. Breezy northeast winds will be present over the surrounding ridges Sunday night.

Sky/weather…Sunny

Max Temperature…53-59

Min Humidity…14-20%

Eye Level Winds…Downslope winds 3-6 mph, becoming upslope after 1100 PDT.

Surrounding Ridge… East 6-9 mph

Mixing height…Increasing to 4500 ft AGL in the afternoon.

Transport winds…East around 5 mph

View of smoke from Dome Rock 

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