Inyo NFの火事

先週金曜、落雷により発生したInyo Complex Fireが鎮火に向かっています。しかしながら、東シエラの山々に向かう道路や、キャンプ地などが閉鎖していますので、出かける前にはチェックしてください。またいくつかのトレイルヘッドも閉鎖しています。
Inyo NF ニュース

News Release
USDA Forest Service
Inyo National Forest
Fire Status: Active
Location: Eastern Sierra (Big Pine and Independence area) Inyo National Forest
Percent Contained: 80%
Acres Burned: 35,176
Date Started: July 6, 2007
Cause: Lightning
Injuries: 10 Minor
Full Containment Expected: July 11, 2007
A lightning storm moved quickly through the Eastern Sierra Friday afternoon, July 6, 2007, igniting approximately 10 fires, which are being managed as the “Inyo Complex”. As of 8:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2007 the three largest fires still actively burning are the Oak Fire burning west and north of the Town of Independence and on both sides of US 395. The Seven Fire is burning west and north of the Town of Independence and the Sage Fire, which is burning in Big Pine Canyon. On July 7, 2007 Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 assumed command of the fire and remain in unified command with CalFire.
On July 7, 2007 the western portion of the Town of Independence was evacuated for several hours (approx. 200 residents) as the town was immediately threatened. Approximately, 20 residents were evacuated to Statham Hall in Lone Pine, CA. The remainder of the evacuated residents sought refuge with friends and relatives in nearby towns and the Diaz Lake Area.
Firefighters continue to make excellent progress constructing containment line and mopping up hot spots especially, in the areas adjacent to the communities of Big Pine and Independence. Firefighters will continue to be vigilant and alert for new fire starts as thunderstorms and lightning are predicted.
Residents may continue to see smoke from this fire. Smoke impacts in the Eastern Sierra currently are mild. Fire apparatus traveling in and through communities and US 395 may impact residents and the traveling public.

Areas Closed:
Oak Creek Campground, Onion Valley, Baker Creek, Black Rock and Mt Whitney Fish Hatcheries all remain closed

Areas Opened:
Upper and Lower Grays Meadow Campgrounds
Seven Pines Recreation residence tract
Big Pine Canyon Campgrounds
Glacier Lodge
Bernasconi Center
Glacier Pack Trains have been re-opened.

Road Closures:
North Fork Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Rd (open to residents only)
Onion Valley Rd above the Seven Pines Recreation Tract

Roads that have been opened:
US 395
Glacier Lodge Rd
Onion Valley Rd east of the Seven Pines Recreation Tract.

Trail Closures:
Most trailheads remain closed and wilderness permits are not being issued for trails between Big Pine and Independence.
Backpackers and hikers exiting at these trailheads are being escorted out of the area

Trail Openings:
Big Pine Canyon
Shepherd Pass