Incident Start Date: 06/19/2021 Cause: Lightning Size: 586 acres Containment: 20% Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush and Timber
Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
Resources Assigned: Engines: 18 Helicopters: 7 Fixed-wing: 4 Crews: 12 Water tenders: 6 Dozers: 2 Total Personnel: 450
Current Situation: Lateral movement of the Inyo Creek Fire continues to be held, with combined air and ground attack establishing 20% containment since yesterday morning. Firefighters continue to build containment lines in very steep and rugged terrain. Today’s weather forecast calls for easterly upslope winds, with afternoon thunderstorms predicted to remain north of the fire. All fuels continue to be very dry and the potential for spotting outside the lines is possible with expected winds.
Evacuations orders for residents at Olivas Ranch, Whitney Portal Reserve, and all residents on Whitney Portal Road North of Horseshoe Meadow Road remain in effect, as well as all the Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Campground.
This morning at 7 a.m. CAL FIRE is no longer in Unified Command as threats to BLM lands that are protected by CAL FIRE have been mitigated. CAL FIRE continues to assist with the suppression of the fire.
Tonight at 6 p.m. at Spainhower Park located at 430 N. Main Street, Lone Pine, the community is invited to join Inyo County Supervisor Matt Kingsley and personnel from the Inyo National Forest and California Incident Management Team 13 as they provide an update on the Inyo Creek Fire.
The Whitney Portal Road is closed at Horseshoe Meadow Road. The Forest is working with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on the road closure and organizing vehicle retrieval shuttles. At this time all hikers that have planned to exit the Mt. Whitney Trailhead should use a different exit point such as, the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead or Onion Valley.
For updates and maps visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7564/