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September 28, 2020 0830

There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas on the Eastside of the Sierra.

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As of September 12th, I have switched updates to this site as it is becoming really time consuming to try to cross post photos, captions, and information across various social media platforms. I will do my best to post information daily once Inciweb is updated for the day.

I avoid looking to the media for my sources of information. All information below is from multiple reputable resources. You can find links to all those resources below (over a dozen) by clicking on the Wildfire Information Resources link. I encourage all readers to learn how to utilize these resources as part of your wildfire preparedness planning. There has been a lot of misinformation about the Creek Fire. People understandably are very concerned. However, I urge all readers to be cognizant of the information they share as misinformation can result in undo anxiety and stress. For example, someone posted on social media (9/10/2020) that the fire was 12 miles from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.  The fire was several miles further. This was inaccurate and stirred a sense of panic in some. 

This being said please have a wildfire plan in place. The Creek Fire is a concern, but so are other fires. As residents who live in California know, it is extremely dry. There are a lot of fuels that will ignite by the smallest spark. Resources are spread thin across the West, which will impact response capabilities to new fires. Plan not just for the Creek Fire, but for any wildfire.  Ask yourself:

  • What is your plan? Plan A? Plan B? Plan C?
  • What is your evacuation route?
  • Where is your rendezvous point?
  • What is on your list to take with you? Leave behind?
  • Take photos of all your things, each room in the house, outside your home for insurance purposes.
  • Designate an out of town point of contact.
Utilize the CalFire Prepare for a Wildfire page to help you plan.
 

Wildfire Information Resources

It is also worth noting that while I am knowledgeable, I am not a wildland or structure fire expert. I will only post information I pull from the incident resources provided by incident command, maps with mileage distances, and weather, wind, and smoke information. You will not find fire behavior predictions in these updates. More information can be found at the following websites:

Creek Fire Evacuation Zones

Mono County Creek Fire Incident Webpage

Creek Fire Incident Briefing

The US Forest Service Sierra National Forest has been hosting daily briefings each evening at 7pm as well as morning updates on Facebook. These have been quite good and have provided a wealth of information. You can view them live or after the fact. I highly encourage readers to tune in.

https://www.facebook.com/SierraNF/


Reference Photos

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September 28, 2020 Update

The biggest news today is that we are going on our second day of CLEAN air. The wind shift has given the Eastern Sierra a much longed for reprieve. Looks like we will have a smokey day Tuesday, but will return back to blue skies Wednesday.

The Creek Fire is 39% contained and at 304,604 acres burned. The natural barriers protecting the Eastside continue to hold strong and there has been no advancement toward Mammoth Lakes.

I am keeping track of the Creek Fire daily. However, reports will be made 1-2 times a week. Check back in a few days.

Thank you to all personnel and volunteers working on this fire. The amount of gratitude is much more than what can be described in words.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing for 9/27/2020

#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing for 9/27/2020 with Operations Section Chief (t), Matt Bowers. #FireYear2020 Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE U. S. Army North (Fifth Army)

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 27, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing for 9/27/2020
#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing for 9/27/2020 with Operations Section Chief (t), Matt Bowers. #FireYear2020 Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE U. S. Army North (Fifth Army)
Creek Fire Operational Update

#CreekFire Morning Operational Briefing for the South Zone. #FireYear2020CAL FIREGreat Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 27, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Operational Update
#CreekFire Morning Operational Briefing for the South Zone. #FireYear2020
CAL FIRE
Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Incident Command Daily Report (September 27, 2020)


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map 1:  Current evacuation zones. More evacuation orders have been lifted on the Westside. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • ARC GIS Map 2: Illustrates the NE section of the fire including hot spots. The fire has not progressed past the burn scar area which is located to the NE.
  • ARC GIS Map 3: Illustrates the East flank of the fire as well a hot spots. The S.Fork San Joaquin continues to act as a barrier. There are still several hot spots on the southeast flank, but not as many as last week.
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. Overall, thermal activity continues in the same areas. I included 3 distance lines from the section that is in the NW part of the burn scar area. These are not fire path predictions, but merely “as the crow flies” measurements. There is NO immediate threat to the Eastern Sierra.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 7.99 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.78 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~13.45 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO: Current conditions. I turned the following layers on.
    • Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Progression – shows fire progression over last 4 days. Color legend can be found in reference images section above. The fire has not progressed to the East in the burn scar area (NE flank). The eastern flank bordering the S.Fork San Joaquin drainage has not grown to the East since September 13th. There appears to be little growth on the SE corner, but still remains to the WSW of the S.Fork San Joaquin.
  • Air NOW: The Great Basin site was lacking data for most areas so I included an Air NOW screen capture. Time stamp = 0700. PM10 = 13, PM2.5 = 18. We are in the GREEN!
  • National Weather Service: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. Light Northeast winds. Forecasted to turn SW later tonight and tomorrow. Expect air quality to be poor tomorrow and then clear up Wednesday as the winds change direction again.

September 24, 2020 Update

The Creek Fire has shown VERY little progression on the NE and East flanks stalled by natural barriers that have little to no fuels. NASA FIRMS is showing little thermal activity compared to a week + ago. Winds are forecasted to remain light throughout the next several days. All good news. Expect air quality levels to continue to be poor.

Since the fire has significantly slowed down I will be reducing the frequency at which I post to about every other day. If things change the fire starts making significant progress I will resume a daily update if I can.

Inyo National Forest announced that closures will remain in effect through at least October 1st.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

Creek Fire Briefing 9.23.20

Creek Fire Briefing 9.23.20#CreekFire #FireYear2020 CAL FIRE Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Briefing 9.23.20
Creek Fire Briefing 9.23.20
#CreekFire #FireYear2020 CAL FIRE Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1
#CreekFire Operational Briefing 9/23/20

#CreekFire Operations Section Chief (t), Matt Bowers discusses last night's operations and today's plan for the North Zone.Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1CAL FIREU. S. Army North (Fifth Army)

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
#CreekFire Operational Briefing 9/23/20
#CreekFire Operations Section Chief (t), Matt Bowers discusses last night’s operations and today’s plan for the North Zone.
Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1
CAL FIRE
U. S. Army North (Fifth Army)
Source: Town of Mammoth Lakes Facebook Page.
Creek Fire Community Conversation – September 22

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map 1:  Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • ARC GIS Map 2: Illustrates the NE section of the fire including hot spots. The fire has progressed very little to the East and slightly North. Hotspots from the southern part of the burn scar has joined the northern section.
  • ARC GIS Map 3: Illustrates the East flank of the fire as well a hot spots. The S.Fork San Joaquin continues to act as a barrier. Although, the perimeter line shows that it has moved past the drainage, there are no hot spots in that area. It is worth mentioning that ICS believes this area of imaging to be an error. If we take these two factors into account the fire has not grown to the East since September 13th. There are still several hot spots on the southern edge of this flank, but many appear to be dying out..
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. Overall, there is less thermal activity. I included 3 distance lines from the section that is in the NW part of the burn scar area. These are not fire path predictions, but merely “as the crow flies” measurements. There is NO immediate threat to the Eastern Sierra.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 7.64 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.26 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~13.26 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO Map 1: Current conditions. I turned the following layers on.Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Progression – shows fire progression over last 4 days. Color legend can be found in reference images section above. The fire has not progressed to the East in the burn scar area (NE flank). The eastern flank bordering the S.Fork San Joaquin drainage has not grown to the East since September 13th. It is growing slowly in to the SW, but still remains to the WSW of the S.Fork San Joaquin.
    • Wind Plot (Gust – Now) – shows wind gusts and direction at the time this screen capture was taken (0800). Light SW winds over the fire.
  • CALTOPO Map 2: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +6 hours. Slight increase in gusts. Gusts decrease by late afternoon. Models predominantly show light SW winds throughout the day.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District: Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Time stamp = 0718. Shows better air quality than AirNOW. PM10 = 462, PM2.5 = 291. Worse than this time two days ago.
  • Web Sky Smoke Forecast: Models show current air quality to be poor and will continue to be poor. Expect air quality to worsen throughout the day. This screen capture is the forecast for 1800 hours.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds forecasted to be light over the next few days overall. Expect SW gusts today as high as 25mph.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. SW winds forecasted to be light over the next few days overall. Expect SW gusts today as high as 25mph.

September 22, 2020 Update

The Creek Fire has not advanced to the North, Northeast, or East. There is more thermal activity in the burn scar area on the Northeast border. The S.Fork San Joaquin continues to serve as a barrier. Keep in mind the following:

  • There are large mountains of rock (Ritter Range) North of the fire where there is no fuel.
  • The burn scar area has burned 5 times in the last 18 years. There is little fuel. The USFS stated that this area does not have enough fuel to promote forward advancement to the East. While nothing is impossible, the likelihood is low.
  • The S.Fork San Joaquin drainage is a large drainage with tall bare walls of rock. The fire has not moved across to the other side and has not advanced to the East since September 13th.

Videos Posted by Incident Command

Will post as they become available.


Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map 1:  Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • ARC GIS Map 2: Illustrates the North finger of the fire including hot spots. The fire has not progressed to the East. There is a wider area (filled in from the South) of the burn scar area that is showing thermal activity.
  • ARC GIS Map 3: Illustrates the East flank of the fire as well a hot spots. The S.Fork San Joaquin continues to act as a barrier. The fire has not grown to the East since September 13th. There are several hot spots on the southern edge of this flank.
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. I included 3 distance lines from the section that is in the NW part of the burn scar area. These are not fire path predictions, but merely “as the crow flies” measurements. There is NO immediate threat to the Eastern Sierra.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 8.04 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.8 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~13.58 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO Map 1: Current conditions. I turned the following layers on.
    • Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Progression – shows fire progression over last 4 days. Color legend can be found in reference images section above. The fire has not progressed to the East in the burn scar area. There is a wider area (filled in from the South) of the burn scar area that is showing thermal activity. The eastern flank bordering the S.Fork San Joaquin drainage has not grown to the East since September 13th. It is growing slowly in a southerly direction.
    • Wind Plot (Gust – Now) – shows wind gusts and direction at the time this screen capture was taken (0830). Light SW winds over the fire. Gusts are higher on the Eastside of the Sierra.
  • CALTOPO Map 2: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +6 hours. Slight increase in gusts. Gusts decrease by late afternoon. Models predominantly show light SW winds throughout the day.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District: Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Time stamp = 0718. Shows better air quality than AirNOW. PM10 = 75, PM2.5 = 50. Better than yesterday.
  • Web Sky Smoke Forecast: Expect air quality to worsen throughout the day. This screen capture is the forecast for 1800 hours. The model shows a poor air quality day.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to gust as high as 25mph today. Expect gusts of up to 25mph thru Thursday. Overall, winds are light and predominantly SW.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusts are light blowing as high 20 mph throughout the week. Refer to CALTOPO map to get an idea of directional changes throughout the day over the specific terrain.

September 21, 2020 Update

Creek Fire continues to move North and NNE slowly. It has passed over the N. Fork San Joaquin drainage into the burn scar area. It is worth noting that this area (depicted in the CALTOPO map) has burned 5 times since 2003; 2003, 2005, 2010, 2017, and 2018. The East flank that borders the S. Fork San Joaquin has not grown to the East. There is increased thermal activity on the south part of this section. Wind models continue to forecast light winds with gusts in the 20-25 mph range (see CALTOPO map for direction patterns).

At the Creek Fire 7pm briefing many appeared to be very anxious about the NE and E flanks (based on the comments and questions they were asking). I wish to remind folks that there are many factors that will affect fire progression; weather, terrain, and fuels. When looking at the maps and distance between the border of the fire and your community it can make one feel alarmed. It is important to look at the what the winds are doing, the terrain, and the fuels. There are large mountains of rock to the North of the fire. There is a large burn scar to the Northeast which means less fuel to burn compared to an old growth forest. Winds are currently light and are forecasted to be light over the next several days. It is also worth mentioning that when trying to zoom into the ICS fire map realize that this is a low resolution photo where the scale is small that shows a large geographical area and shows less detail compared to a large scale map. As such, this may not depict the border accurately with respect to terrain features.

It is also worth commenting on the decision making process. In EMS the concept “The greatest good for the greatest number people” and personal safety are two key components of deciding where resources will be applied. The communities on the West and South, many of which have lost homes and business, are priority. The wilderness areas are not as they do not threaten life and property. When they get close to doing so action is taken. The incident management team has been proactive and have action management trigger points. When it comes to firefighter safety fighting fires is not a simple task. The terrain can become a “terrain trap” and result in firefighter fatalities. Tactics to fighting the fire involves having an escape plan. If there is nowhere to escape then a team will likely not go into that area. While I understand and share many of the anxieties, let us do our best to judge with compassion if we do find ourselves being critical of the decision making process and understand that there is a lot involved. Thank you to the incident management team and all the personnel and volunteers battling this beast.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.21.20

Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.21.20

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Monday, September 21, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.21.20
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.21.20
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Creek Fire Briefing 9-20-20

Creek Fire Briefing 9-20-20

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Briefing 9-20-20
Creek Fire Briefing 9-20-20 7pm

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map 1:  Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • ARC GIS Map 2: Illustrates the North finger of the fire including hot spots. The fire has progressed across the N.Fork San Joaquin drainage and is burning the NW corner of the burn scar area.
  • ARC GIS Map 3: Illustrates the East flank of the fire as well a hot spots. The S.Fork San Joaquin continues to act as a barrier. The fire has not grown to the East since September 13th. There are several hot spots on the southern edge of this flank.
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. Overall, the area of thermal spots continues to be small. However, there is a slight increase compared to the last couple of days. I included 3 distance lines from the section that is in the NW part of the burn scar area. These are not fire path predictions, but merely “as the crow flies” measurements. There is NO immediate threat to the Eastern Sierra.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 7.84 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.51 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~13.37 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO Map 1: Current conditions. I turned the following layers on.
    • Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Progression – shows fire progression over last 4 days. Color legend can be found in reference images section above. Fire has progressed over the N.Fork San Joaquin drainage into the NW part of the burn scar area. The eastern flank bordering the S.Fork San Joaquin drainage has not grown to the East since September 13th. It is growing slowly in a southerly direction.
    • Wind Plot (Gust – Now) – shows wind gusts and direction at the time this screen capture was taken (0730). Light SW winds.
  • CALTOPO Map 2: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +9 hours. Slight increase in gusts. Models predominantly show light SW winds throughout the day.
  • AirNOW 1: Current air quality conditions (0700 hours). NowCast AQI PM10 = 276, PM2.5 = 317. Worse than yesterday.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District: Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Time stamp = 0718. Shows better air quality than AirNOW. PM10 = 304, PM2.5 = 200. Worse than yesterday.
  • Web Sky Smoke Forecast: Expect air quality to worsen throughout the day.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to gust as high as 30mph today. Expect gusts of up to 25mph thru Wednesday. Overall, winds are light and predominantly SW.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusts are light blowing as high 20 mph throughout the week. Refer to CALTOPO map to get an idea of directional changes throughout the day over the specific terrain.

September 20, 2020 Update

Creek Fire growth continues to be slow moving Northerly vs Northeast toward Mammoth. The S.Fork San Joaquin flank has not grown and continues to be impeded by the drainage. NASA thermal imaging shows a small surface area with thermal activity for the overall Creek Fire area. Light SW winds forecasted for today and throughout the week.

There is also a post on the Mono County Sheriff Office website regarding a June Lake evacuation order being lifted dated “9/18” resulting in rumors being spread that June Lake was evacuated due to the Creek Fire. This is not true. June Lake was NOT evacuated. This is an old post from 2014. The MCSO is working on trying to edit the date to include the year. There have been NO evacuation orders for any are of the Eastern Sierra due to the Creek Fire.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing 9/20/2020

Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber discusses last night's operation and today's plan for the #CreekFire

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing 9/20/2020
Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber discusses last night’s operation and today’s plan for the #CreekFire
Creek Fire Operational Briefing 9.20.20

Creek Fire Operational Briefing 9.20.20

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Operational Briefing 9.20.20
Creek Fire Operational Briefing 9.20.20
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.19.20

Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.19.20

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Saturday, September 19, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.19.20
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.19.20

Incident Command Daily Report

We thank all personnel working this fire and keeping us informed. They are exhausted and deserve a big thanks!


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. Overall, the area of thermal spots continues to be small. The S.Fork San Joaquin flank has shown very little growth. Hot spots remain on the west side of the drainage. The NE flank has grown to the North to the West of the N. Fork San Joaquin drainage and the burn scar. I included 3 distance lines. These are not fire path predictions, but merely “as the crow flies” measurements. There is NO immediate threat to the Eastern Sierra.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 8.41 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.76 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~14.09 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO Map 1: Current conditions. I turned the following layers on.
    • Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Progression – shows fire progression over last 4 days. Color legend can be found in reference images section above.
    • Wind Plot (Gust – Now) – shows wind gusts and direction at the time this screen capture was taken (0830). Light SW winds.
  • CALTOPO Map 2: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +9 hours. Not much of an increase in gusts. Models predominantly show light SW winds throughout the day.
  • AirNOW 1: Current air quality conditions (0800 hours). NowCast AQI PM10 = 94, PM2.5 = 51. Improvement compared to yesterday at this time.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD): Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Time stamp = 0818. Shows better air quality than AirNOW. PM10 = 67, PM2.5 = 38. Improvement compared to yesterday at this time.
  • AirNOW 2: Air quality forecast for today. There is no current data for the Southern part of Mono County.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to gust through Tuesday as high as 30mph.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusts are light blowing as high 15 mph.

September 19, 2020 Update

Looks like the rain did both the westside and eastside some good. The air quality is better than it has been in a couple weeks and the area with thermal spots has significantly reduced based on the NASA FIRMS imaging.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing 9/19/20

#CreekFire North Zone operational briefing with Jeff Surber, Operations Section Chief#FireYear2020Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1CAL FIRE

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Saturday, September 19, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing 9/19/20
#CreekFire North Zone operational briefing with Jeff Surber, Operations Section Chief
#FireYear2020
Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1
CAL FIRE
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.18.20

Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.18.20

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Friday, September 18, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.18.20 7pm
Creek Fire Incident Briefing 9.18.20

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

The maps that show distance do not reflect a path that the fire will take. It is drawn as the “crow flies”.

  • ARC GIS Map: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. Overall, the area of thermal spots is the smallest it has been since the fire started. The S.Fork San Joaquin flank has shown very little growth. Hot spots remain on the west side of the drainage. The NE flank has grown to the North to the West of the N. Fork San Joaquin drainage. I included 3 distance lines. These are not fire path predictions.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 8.04 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.6 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~13.58 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO Map 1: Current conditions. I turned the following layers on.
    • Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Progression – shows fire progression over last 4 days. Color legend can be found in reference images section above.
    • Wind Plot (Gust – Now) – shows wind gusts and direction at the time this screen capture was taken (0830). Light SW winds.
  • CALTOPO Map 2: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +9 hours. Increase SW wind gusts in the 30mph range.
  • CALTOPO Map 3: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +12 hours. The wind is forecasted to change to a NE wind with gusts in the 30mph range. This should clear out some smoke in Mammoth Lakes and towns North of the town.
  • AirNOW 1: Current air quality conditions (0800 hours). NowCast AQI PM10 = 185, PM2.5 = 122.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD): Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Time stamp = 0818. Shows better air quality than AirNOW. PM10 = 94, PM2.5 = 56.
  • AirNOW 2: Air quality forecast for today. Looks like we get some more reprieve from the smoke. Forecasted to clear out just North of Mammoth Lakes.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to gust through tonight as high as 25mph. Forecast does not show wind direction change. It is worth noting that the models show just an afternoon wind change. The predominant wind direction is SW.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusting 35 mph this afternoon. Expect a short period of NE winds late afternoon according to the CALTOPO model.

September 18, 2020 Update

There is moisture! Woke up to the ground being wet and witnessed light rain this morning for ~10 minutes. The air is easier to breathe as well. Nice reprieve. Although we have gotten a little bit of rain, still be prepared. There is a Red Flag Warning through 2am.

I provided different views using CALTOPO, Google Earth, and NASA. There are a lot of rumors going around claiming that the fire is closer than it is. Another person posted on social media telling people to pack up their cars and be ready to flee. No doubt, it is good to be prepared. Have a plan. However, please consider the information you spread and how it is worded. The fire is still miles away and there are a lot of factors that impact the line of travel including weather, topography, and fuels. Check out the Wildland Fire Behavior Triangle article on the National Park Service website. PLEASE when you post something ask yourself “Where did I get this information?” If a friend or family member posted double check the source and make sure it is reputable before sharing. People have good intentions, but the impact can be different than what was intended and stir unnecessary panic.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing 9/18/20 10AM

Jeff Surber, Operations Section Chief Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 discusses last night's efforts on the #CreekFire, and today's work plan.

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Friday, September 18, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing 9/18/20 10AM
Jeff Surber, Operations Section Chief Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 discusses last night’s efforts on the #CreekFire, and today’s work plan.
Operational Briefing Update 9.18

#CreekFire Operational Briefing 9/18/20#FireYear2020CAL FIREGreat Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Friday, September 18, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Operational Briefing Update 9.18
#CreekFire Operational Briefing 9/18/20
#FireYear2020
CAL FIRE
Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

I reiterate that there are several factors that affect fire behavior. The maps that show distance do not reflect a path that the fire will take. It is drawn as the “crow flies”.

  • ARC GIS Map Image 1: Red Flag Warning thru 2am 9/19/2020.
  • ARC GIS Map Image 2: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas in the Eastern Sierra.
  • NASA FIRMS: This map shows the current thermal spots in the last 24 hours. The S.Fork San Joaquin flank has shown no growth. The NE flank has grown and reached the N. Fork San Joaquin approaching the burn scarred area above the San Joaquin drainage. I included 3 distance lines. These are not fire path predictions.
    • NE flank to Devils Postpile/Reds Meadow area ~ 8.27 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to Mammoth Mountain Summit ~ 10.49 miles (as crow flies)
    • NE flank to a point NNW of Mammoth Mountain where trees are and ESE to town ~14.07 miles (as crow flies)
  • CALTOPO Map 1: I turned the following layers on.
    • Fire History – shows previous fires. Notice burn area from 5 different fires. Burn areas = less fuel.
    • Fire Activity (VIRS Progression) – shows fire progression over the last 4 days. See legend (separate image under references and in this gallery).
    • Wind Plot (Gust – Now) – shows wind gusts and direction at the time this screen capture was taken (1025).
  • CALTOPO Map 2: Fire progression legend. Explains colors seen on map.
  • CALTOPO Map 3: The same layers are turned on as map 1. However, this map shows forecasted wind gusts and direction at +12 hours.
  • AirNOW 1: Current air quality conditions (0900 hours). NowCast AQI (PM10) = 570. Much improved from yesterday and it continues to improve as I write this.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD): Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Time stamp = 0918. Showed better air quality than AirNOW. PM10 = 271, PM2.5 = 181. Again, a big improvement!
  • AirNOW 2: Air quality forecast for today. Looks like we get some reprieve from the smoke. Forecasted to be in the moderate range.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to gust through tonight as high as 50mph. Expect wind speeds at higher elevations to be higher as is typical for the Sierra. Chance of showers. RED FLAG WARNING!
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusting 20 mph through tonight. Chance of showers today.

September 17, 2020 Update

I added a couple more links to the Wildland Fire Resource Page. Air quality is horrendous in Mammoth Lakes and much worse than yesterday. The Great Basin monitors are showing much higher levels than Air Now and the WebSky forecast. Definitely not the time to do any activity outdoors.


Videos Posted by Incident Command

Creek Fire Operations Briefing 9/17/20

#CreekFireUpdate with Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber describes the current fire situation and plans for the days efforts.

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Operations Briefing 9/17/20
Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber describes the current fire situation and plans for the days efforts.
Creek Fire 9.16.20

Creek Fire 9.16.20

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire Operations Presentation 9/16/2020
How does the smoke affect the Creek Fire?

Incident meteorologost, safety officer, and air support group have answers!#CreekFire #FireYear2020 CAL FIRE Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Thursday, September 17, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
How does the smoke affect the Creek Fire?
Incident meteorologost, safety officer, and air support group have answers!
#CreekFire #FireYear2020 CAL FIRE Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

It is worth mentioning there are several factors that affect fire behavior. The maps that show distance do not reflect a path that the fire will take. It is drawn as the “crow flies”. Check out the National Park Service Wildland Fire Behavior page.

  • ARC GIS Map Image 1: The fire has advanced through the McCreary Meadow area and is approaching Soldier and Indian Meadows. There are several spot fires on Cattle Mountain. Spot fire activity from the S.Fork San Joaquin finger is limited to the NW border. There is no new activity along the S.Fork San Joaquin flank. A Google Maps screen capture showing distance from the south fork to the Pin Cushion trigger point line or Fish Creek was not included in this analysis since there was no advancement in this area.
  • ARC GIS Map Image 2: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas on the Eastside of the Sierra.
  • CALTOPO Map: Both fire history and fire activity layers are selected. The distance between the ENE border (E aspect of Cattle Mountain) of the fire is ~ 2.79 miles from areas that have previously burned.
  • Google Maps Image 1: Fire is now to Cattle Mountain. The distance between the ENE border (E aspect of Cattle Mountain) of the fire is ~ 2.79 miles from areas that have previously burned.
  • Google Maps Image 2: The distance between the ENE border (E aspect of Cattle Mountain) of the fire is ~ 10.65 miles from Devils Postpile.
  • AirNOW: Current air quality conditions (1000 hours). NowCast AQI (PM10) = 1525. PM2.5 = 742. Up 1,000 and 300 from yesterday respectively.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD): Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor. Showing Mammoth Lakes much higher than AirNOW report. PM10 = 2076, PM2.5 = 1079.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 1: WebSky Forecast = smoke model for 0900. Shows less smoke than what is currently in town.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 2: WebSky Forecast = smoke model for 1700.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 3: WebSky Forecast = smoke model for 1900.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to gust through Friday night as high as 55mph. Expect wind speeds at higher elevations to be higher as is typical for the Sierra.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusting 25 mph through Friday. Slight chance of rain Friday.

September 16, 2020 Update

Mono County launched a Mono County Creek Fire Incident Webpage yesterday. I will continue to post daily updates with videos, incident reports, and screen captures from the various sources I use. I will be adding screen captures from a couple more sources today and tomorrow including a Google Earth map of where the trigger points outlined in the community presentation held last night. This presentation is located under the videos section.

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Videos Posted by Incident Command

There was a presentation made to the Eastern Sierra community last night. It was quite good and explained trigger point actions. A proactive approach is being taken. There are three trigger points (subject to change):

  • South Fork San Joaquin: This has been reached. Resources mobilized to the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile area. They are working on caching and setting up water resources as there is not a lot of water down there.
  • Pincushion Mountain: If the fire reaches this line more resources will be deployed to take action from the eastside.
  • Fish Creek: An evacuation warning will be issued.

Many questions were answered as well. I highly encourage everyone to watch if you were not able to attend the meeting.

Posted by Town of Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Source: Mammoth Lakes Fire Department Facebook Page
Eastern Sierra community presentation about the Creek Fire.
Creek Fire – North Zone – Morning Operational Briefing 9/15/20

Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber describes the current situation on the North Zone of the #CreekFire and today's planned actions. Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire – North Zone – Morning Operational Briefing 9/15/20
Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber describes the current situation on the North Zone of the #CreekFire and today’s planned actions. Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE
South Zone Creek Fire Update 9.16.20

#CreekFire South Zone Operational Briefing for 9/16/20 CAL FIRE

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
South Zone Creek Fire Update 9.16.20
Operational Briefing 9/16/20

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map Image 1: There 13 new spot fires with a radiative power of 0-9 on the NE side of the S. Fork San Joaquin. They are located on the W and SW aspects of the drainage in areas that have lots of rock. 9 spot fires on the NE side of the drainage that showed up two days ago continue to show little to no radiative power. On the west side of the San Joaquin River the fire line has progressed to include many of the spots fires in the Jackass Butte area and have advance past peak 7819. There are several spot fires in the MCreary Meadow and Miller Creek area.
  • ARC GIS Map Image 2: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas on the Eastside of the Sierra. According the community presentation last night an evacuation warning will be issued if the fire hits Fish Creek.
  • CALTOPO Map: Both fire history and fire activity layers are selected. The NE border of the fire is ~ 5.2 miles from areas that have previously burned while the spot fire cluster near Miller Creek is ~5.5 miles away. Little change from yesterday.
  • Google Maps Image 1: Fire has advanced past Squaw Dome and Balloon Dome. Distance between San Joaquin River (North Fork) just NNE of Balloon Dome and Devils Postpile = ~ 12.87 miles.
  • Google Maps Image 2: Distance between NE side of S.Fork San Joaquin where at fire border and Pincushion Peak trigger point line = 3.91 miles.
  • Google Maps Image 3: Distance between NE side of S.Fork San Joaquin where at fire border and Fish Creek trigger point line = 7.93 miles.
  • AirNOW: Current air quality conditions (1000 hours). NowCast AQI (PM10) = 557. PM2.5 = 412. Similar to yesterday.
  • Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPCD): Air quality for various towns in the Eastern Sierra corridor.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 1: WebSky Forecast = smoke model for 0900.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 2: WebSky Forecast = smoke model shows that winds will drive smoke to the Eastside of the Sierra showing particulate matter to be greater than 500 ug/m2. Similar to yesterday.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. SW winds are expected to be stronger today thru Friday night gusting as high as 50mph. Expect wind speeds at higher elevations to be higher as is typical for the Sierra.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusting 25 mph throughout the week.

September 15, 2020 Update

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Videos Posted by Incident Command


Creek Fire – North Zone – Morning Operational Briefing 9/15/20

Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber describes the current situation on the North Zone of the #CreekFire and today's planned actions. Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Creek Fire – North Zone – Morning Operational Briefing 9/15/20
Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber describes the current situation on the North Zone of the #CreekFire and today’s planned actions. Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE
South Zone Creek Fire Incident Update

Operational Briefing Update

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
South Zone Creek Fire Incident Update

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map Image 1: Imaging shows that the fire has passed the South Fork San Joaquin River. The 9 spot fires on the NE side of the drainage that showed up two days ago continue to be less radiative. One of two from yesterday are also less radiative. On the west side of the San Joaquin River the fire line has progressed to include many of the spots fires in the Jackass Butte area and just ESE of peak 7819. The spots fires in the Miller Creek area are now outlined as fire area.
  • ARC GIS Map Image 2: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas on the Eastside of the Sierra.
  • CALTOPO Map: Both fire history and fire activity layers are selected. The NE border of the fire is ~ 5.2 miles from areas that have previously burned while the spot fire cluster near Miller Creek is ~5.5 miles away. Little change from yesterday.
  • Google Maps Image 1: Fire has advanced past Squaw Dome and Balloon Dome. Distance between Squaw Dome (NNE border) and Devils Postpile shown on map = 13.5 miles. Distance from Balloon Dome is approximately the same.
  • Google Maps Image 2: Distance between NE side of S.Fork San Joaquin where spot fires are and Mammoth Pass = 13.63 miles. No change from yesterday.
  • AirNOW: Current air quality conditions (0900 hours). NowCast AQI = 573. PM2.5 = 436. Worse than yesterday at this time stamp.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 1: WebSky Forecast = smoke model for 0900 confirms continued smoke haze in town.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 2: WebSky Forecast = smoke model shows that winds will drive smoke to the Eastside of the Sierra showing particulate matter to be greater than 500 ug/m2. Similar to yesterday.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. Southwest winds 10-15mph this afternoon with gusts up 25mph today thru Wednesday night with a period of calmer winds tonight and tomorrow during the day. Chance of snow showers removed from forecast.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusting 25-30mph throughout the week. Chance of thunderstorms on Friday removed from forecast.

September 14, 2020 Update

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Videos Posted by Incident Command

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Monday, September 14, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
Operations briefing 1930 hours.

#CreekFire Incident Weather Update from Jim Wallmann, Incident Meteorologist – September 13 at 1:05 PM

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 13, 2020
Incident Weather Update from Jim Wallmann, Incident Meteorologist – September 13 at 1:05 PM
Creek Fire- North Zone- operational video 9/14/20

#CreekFire North Zone Operational Briefing- Operations Section Chief, Jeff Surber. #FireYear2020 Great Basin National Incident Management Team #1 CAL FIRE

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Monday, September 14, 2020
Source: United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page.
North Zone Operations Section Chief Jeff Surber with the Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 details today’s work plan for the North Zone of the #CreekFire
Report details for Madera County side only; does not address Division N area, which is in Fresno County.

Incident Command Daily Report


Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map Image 1: Imaging shows that the fire has passed the South Fork San Joaquin River. The 9 spot fires on the NE side of the drainage that showed up yesterday are less radiative. There are 2 more spot fires on this side. On the west side of the San Joaquin River there are multiple fires in the Jackass Butte area and just ESE of peak 7819. There are 4 spot fires near Miller Creek NE of Jackass Meadows.
  • ARC GIS Map Image 2: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas on the Eastside of the Sierra.
  • CALTOPO Map: Both fire history and fire activity layers are selected. The NE border of the fire is ~ 5.4 miles from areas that have previously burned while the spot fire cluster near Miller Creek is ~5.8 miles away.
  • Google Maps Image 1: Fire has advanced past Squaw Dome and Balloon Dome. Distance between Squaw Dome (NNE border) and Devils Postpile shown on map = 13.5 miles. Distance from Balloon Dome is approximately the same.
  • Google Maps Image 2: Distance between NE side of S.Fork San Joaquin where spot fires are and Mammoth Pass = 13.63 miles. No change from yesterday.
  • Google Maps Image 3: Distance from NE side of S. Fork San Joaquin where spots fires are and to the point in the Fish Creek drainage that has vegetation on both sides = 7.36 miles. No change from yesterday.
  • AirNOW: Current air quality conditions (0900 hours). NowCast AQI = 462. PM2.5 = 414.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 1: WebSky Forecast = smoke model for 0900 confirms the smokey haze in town.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 2: WebSky Forecast = smoke model shows that winds will drive smoke to the Eastside of the Sierra showing particulate matter to be greater than 500 ug/m2.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. Southwest winds 10-15mph this afternoon with gusts up 25mph today thru Wednesday night with a period of calmer winds tonight and tomorrow during the day. A chance of snow is in the forecast for Thursday night and Friday.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Southwest winds gusting 25-30mph throughout the week. Slight chance of thunderstorms on Friday.


September 13, 2020 Update

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I have also embedded briefing videos from the United States Forest Service Sierra National Forest Facebook page .

Videos Posted by Incident Command

North Zone Operations Briefing for September 13, 2020

Operations Section Chief Jeff Surber describes suppression activities on the #CreekFire.

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Sunday, September 13, 2020
Operations Briefing for September 13, 2020

Creek Fire Incident Briefing 7PM

Creek Fire Incident Briefing 7PM

Posted by U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest on Saturday, September 12, 2020
Creek Fire Incident Briefing September 12, 2020 7PM



Image Analysis (Images Below)

  • ARC GIS Map Image 1: Imaging shows that the fire has passed the South Fork San Joaquin River. There are now 9 spot fires on the NE side of the drainage. Spot fires are approaching peak 5687 to the west of the San Joaquin River.
  • ARC GIS Map Image 2: Current evacuation zones. There are NO evacuation warnings or orders for any areas on the eastside of the Sierra.
  • CALTOPO Map: Both fire history and fire activity layers are selected. The NE border of the fire is still ~ 6 miles from areas that have previously burned.
  • Google Maps Image 1: Distance between Squaw Dome (NNE border) and Devils Postpile = 13.9 miles.
  • Google Maps Image 2: Distance between NE side of S.Fork San Joaquin where spot fires are and Mammoth Pass = 13.63 miles.
  • Google Maps Image 3: Distance from NE side of S. Fork San Joaquin where spots fires are and to the point in the Fish Creek drainage that has vegetation on both sides = 7.36 miles
  • AirNOW: Current air quality conditions (0900 hours). NowCast AQI = 53. PM2.5 = 36.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 1: WebSky Forecast = smoke model shows it will roll into Mammoth Lakes early this afternoon.
  • WFAQRP-AirFire Tools Image 2: WebSky Forecast = smoke model shows it to be pretty dense by 1700 hours.
  • National Weather Service Image 1: Point forecast for Mammoth Lakes. South and southwest winds 10-15mph with gusts up 25mph today thru Tuesday night.
  • National Weather Service Image 2: Point forecast for Mammoth Pools Reservoir area. Winds calm ranging from southwest wind to northeast back to southwest. Winds forecasted to increase by Tuesday.

September 12, 2020 Update

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