19 Jul 2009, 12:01pm
California
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Glass Complex Fires

Includes Forks, North Glass, and Cemetery Fires

Location: 12 miles W of Bishop, Inyo, Fresno Cos., CA
Specific Location: Inyo NF, near Intake II Lake alongside State Route 168, Lat 37° 18´ 06″, Lon 118° 31´ 55″

Date of Origin: 07/18/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/23/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 300
Size: 3,268 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,992,000

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Situation as of 07/22/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 438
Size: 3,268 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,400,000

Demob in progress, working on transition plan to return incident to USFS

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Situation as of 07/21/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 564
Size: 3,268 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

Hwy 168 reopened to public, all forest service campgrounds except Bitterbrush to be reopened.

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Situation as of 07/20/2009 8:30 pm
Personnel: 424
Size: 3,268 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

A total of 26 lightning fires were ignited on the Inyo National Forest on Saturday, July 18, 2009. The Forks Fire, which is now approximately 3268 acres, started at 2:54 p.m. near Intake II, a small lake alongside State Route 168, 12 miles west of Bishop. The fire quickly grew in size and forced mandatory evacuation of all campgrounds, marinas, and pack stations in the Bishop Creek drainage, as well as the community of Aspendell. The fire crossed the state highway closing the road to traffic. Sunday winds shifted and the fire burned in the direction of the of Starlite, prompting a voluntary evacuation order for that community. An evacuation center was established at the Pine Street school in Bishop.

The mandatory evacuation of the Bishop Creek Canyon Recreation Area will be lifted on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for business owners, special use permit holders, and residents of Aspendell and South Fork. Starlite will remain under voluntary evacuation. It is anticipated that the general public will be allowed to enter the Recreation Area either Wednesday or Thursday.

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Situation as of 07/20/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: not reported
Size: ~2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Woychak’s Type II Team took command of the fire at 0600 hours. Mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all campgrounds, resorts, marinas, and pack stations in the Bishop Creek drainage, as well a the residential communities of Aspendell and South Fork. Starlite remains under voluntary evacuation. Residents who leave Starlite will be allowed back in if they have proof of residency and have a reason for returning home.

The Evacuation Center in Bishop has been re-located to Pine Street School.

This morning between the hours of 10:00 and 12:00 am, campers will be escorted in to the campgrounds that they were evacuated from in order to retrieve their belongings. All must be back out of the canyon by 1:00 pm. Fire managers and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department will be evaluating the situation this afternoon and will attempt to make an announcement by 5:00 this evening regarding whether or not the evacuation will be lifted tomorrow.

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Situation as of 07/19/2009 5:30 am
Personnel: 0, teams enroute
Size: ~1,100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

From California Fire News [here]:

As of 8:00 PM on Saturday July 18th a total of 21 wildland fires have been sparked within the Inyo National Forest in the Eastern Sierra region of Inyo and Mono Counties. Most fires have remained small but one incident 12 miles west of Bishop has grown to 300 acres and has forced the evacuation of several popular campgrounds in the Bishop Creek drainage.

The Forks Fire was started by a lightning strike at about 2:30 PM near Intake II, a small lake alongside State Route 168, 12 miles west of Bishop. As of 8:00 PM the fire had burned about 300 acres with no containment at this time. A total of 9 air tankers has been ordered to help suppress the Forks Fire, in addition to numerous other local, county, state and federal fire fighting resources.

The evacuation of nearly 100 campers went smoothly, according to Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, in part due to an early voluntary evacuation request shortly after the fire began. At about 5:30 PM a mandatory evacuation order was issued for four Forest Service campgrounds in the vicinity of the fire. Those campgrounds are the Forks, Big Trees, Intake and the Bishop Park Campground.

Also at about 5:30 PM the fire crossed the state highway closing the road to traffic. Law enforcement units escorted evacuees out of the area as the fire started to move north. Voluntary evacuation orders are still in place at numerous other Forest Service campgrounds in the area around Lake Sabrina, South Lake and North Lake. Local law enforcement officers remain in the communities of Aspendell, South Lake and Starlite to monitor the fire, however none of the residents of these communities are being considered for evacuation at this time.

As fire conditions permit, evacuees may be able to return to their campsites to retrieve their camping equipment. Evacuees may check at the highway road closure on State Route 168 for information on road opening possibilities.

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