Lion Fire Update, 9/29/17: 600 acres 

Forest fire managers have discovered a lightning-caused wildfire in the Golden Trout Wilderness near Lion Meadow. Approximately 600 acres have burned in the Lion Fire on both public and private land located in this remote wilderness area inside the Sequoia National Forest. There is currently no containment.
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.
“Suppression planning decisions are in alignment with a confine and contain strategy,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. “Confine and contain is limiting the fire spread to a defined area primarily using trails and natural barriers. This strategy will limit risk to firefighters in this remote area scattered with standing dead trees.”
Additionally, fire managers will use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) to help protect wilderness character. At this time, there are currently no closures associated with this fire.
Backpackers should anticipate smoke settling into the valleys in the late evening and early morning hours. This is based upon inversion patterns that hold the smoke in low-lying areas. In the evenings, down canyon winds may push the smoke down the Kern River drainage.
Nearby communities may see and smell smoke. Fire managers will be working with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District to monitor smoke emissions and their impacts.

Basic Information

Current as of 9/29/2017, 11:28:55 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

Current Situation

Total Personnel 50

Size 600 Acres


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Sequoia National Forest

U.S. Forest Service

1839 South Newcomb Street

Porterville, CA 93257



Denise Alonzo


Phone: 559-539-2607 ext. 2212

Hours: Mon – Fri 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.


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