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Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby Clark_Griswold » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:05 pm

I noticed people asking about smoke and haze in different places. A fire in the Golden Trout has been sending smoke to the Owens and San Joaquin Valley and hazing out places in the southern High Sierra.

http://inciweb.org/incident/2400/
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby DukeJH » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:29 pm

I thought I saw a plume on my flight from SFO to LAX last night. It sounds like the USFS is being reasonable in their approach to let the fire do its work.
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby fatdad » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:34 pm

I was climbing at the Needles and Dome Rock this weekend and got a good eyeball of the fire, which increased in size over the weekend. Smoky in the morning but then clear in the afternoon as an inversion layer (or whatever it was; I'm no meteorologist) capped alot of the smoke over the burn area. Really good views of it from the Needles Lookout. Wish I had a picture to post. Hopefully they'll get it contained soon.
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby Clark_Griswold » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:56 pm

The fire is being allowed to burn, and may reach 6500 acres.
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:46 am

Lionel wrote:The fire is being allowed to burn, and may reach 6500 acres.



I've heard this as well. The area is still in good shape due to heavy snow year and late melt, and this is supposed to be clearing things out nicely. A good decision, I think. They should let it go as long as they can contain it (realistically tricky, if not impossible, I know).
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby Clark_Griswold » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:33 am

The fire has now passed the original estimate and is projected to burn up to 22,000 acres, so it will be around for a while. Probably will smoke some places out for another few weeks.
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby willytinawin » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:12 am

They found an new, (old) undocumented cabin.
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby Clark_Griswold » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:17 am

I saw that. It's up in the lodgepole pine zone, so I was thinking it might have been a summer place for ranchers. Lodgepole is a little too high to homestead or want to live in year round, and probably too high for mining.
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby iHartMK » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:23 am

willytinawin wrote:They found an new, (old) undocumented cabin.


That's cool!
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby iHartMK » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:25 am

From here in Visalia it looks like the smoke is really affecting the Mineral King area..
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Re: Lion Fire-Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby DukeJH » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:03 pm

Drove from Bishop to LA yesterday and the Owens Valley was choked with smoke. I usually don't have problems with air quality but I was sneezing up a storm. It's a good idea to let nature run her course.
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