High winds and lightning pose potential problem for firefighters.
by Seth Conners
Although they are not out of the woods yet the areas surrounding Lee Vining are beginning to see the light at the end of the Marina Fire tunnel. Acreage burned has remained at 654 acres since late sunday night and the fire is now 75 percent contained. However, thunderstorms in the area could produce dry lightning and outflow winds up to 50 miles per hour. This has firefighters worried because of the increased potential for new fires to flare up and spread rapidly.
As the containment line continues to increase unnecessary firefighting resources will be released accordingly. This demobilization process will allow equipment and personnel to return to their home units or reassigned to other fires.
The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.
Marina Fire, Lee Vining, U.S. Forest Service, Fire information, Fire Update, Highway 395
Reds Meadow Pile Burning
Update, December 9th.
The pile burning at Red’s Meadow has been postponed. Crews are looking for more snow coverage in the area and will re-evaluate after the storm passes. Crews are going to shift their attention to the Sawmill Piles along Highway 203 and the Scenic Loop above Mammoth Lakes (near Wooley’s Play Area and then leading east and down the Scenic Loop Road). This project will start Wednesday, December 10th, weather and air quality conditions permitting.
Fire crews will start ignitions on the Reds Meadow piles, weather and air quality conditions permitting. Forty-one acres are planned for today (Tuesday, December 9th) and additional units may be completed in the next few days before the forecast storm. Expect smoke visible from Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain, and Devils Postpile. According to officials at the Inyo National Forest, this continues the ongoing and substantial work to reduce fuel loads and restore natural habitat in the wake of the Reds Meadow wind event that caused extensive tree blow down.
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