2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

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Creek Fire Florence Lake Evacuation

Post by ERIC » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:35 am

aaron_in_sf wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:38 pm
Quietly popping up just to say that if/when Mono Hot Springs and/or VVR and/or MTR get burned out by the Creek Fire,

I may not emotionally recover.
The remaining 23 people, 14 vehicles, 3 horses, 5 dogs and 1 cat in Blayney Meadows are being evacuated by escorted caravan out of Florence Lake late afternoon today. A Blackhawk landed in the meadow two days ago to evac those running out of meds, as well as one National Guard pilot backpacker. They've buttoned things up as best as they could. And now we wait.

EDIT: The 20 people evacuated out of Florence this morning reported as being identified by aircraft aren't part of this group. They may be part of a church group that was camped at Blayney that voluntarily went down to the lake a few days ago (based on some bad advice from a guy, who knows a guy who knows a ranger...) and were reported via sat phone from Muir Trail Ranch.


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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by SashatheBear » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:49 am

Any reports on air quality from anyone on the Rae Lakes region? We have a permit and are debating whether to go.

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by maverick » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:56 am

Any reports on air quality from anyone on the Rae Lakes region? We have a permit and are debating whether to go.
No webcams that far in Sashathebear.

Check:https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Sout ... ra-Sequoia

Here is the shot from the Giant Forest webcam today:
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SQF Complex Fire 9/11 Update

Post by maverick » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:36 pm

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by c9h13no3 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:37 pm

SashatheBear wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:49 am
Any reports on air quality from anyone on the Rae Lakes region? We have a permit and are debating whether to go.
#-o
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by kdemtchouk » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:01 pm

SashatheBear wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:49 am
Any reports on air quality from anyone on the Rae Lakes region? We have a permit and are debating whether to go.
I had a permit out of Road's End starting today. Drove there & back to confirm what the air quality was like and decided to turn around and go home before the road really dropped into Kings Canyon. Based on the PM2.5 readings in SEKI coming down in recent days, I figured there might be a shot, but I was disappointed:
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/air/curren ... h-mountain

Visibility was quite low, no blue sky to be seen, and there was a definite smoke odor in the air.
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Creek Fire Forces Hikers to Cross Sierra

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by MatoKawipu » Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:21 pm

My wife and I were 6 days into a planned 11-day trip out of Courtright Res, mostly off trail after the first night (Fleming Lake), when we saw the pyrocumulonimbus explode behind us from Confusion Pass on Saturday. A truly sphincter-tightening sight. We continued into Blackcap Basin as the fire appeared to be moving away from us, but the increasing smoke told us to skedaddle. Likewise our buddy who'd loaned us his Garmin inReach let us know the beast was making its own weather and that we might be cut off. Monday we came all the way out 20+ miles through the Mordor-gloom to find the car covered in ash at 11 PM and a note from Fresno County sheriff telling us our evac route down to Fresno via Pine Flat Res (as our buddy had indicated).

First time carrying electronics, won't be the last--not for navigation (I'm a map- and read-the-terrain guy) but for emergency notification like this. Scary enough as it was, but tough to imagine doing it without any knowledge--big props to my buddy for keeping tabs on us. Also can't imagine what was going through the mind of the guy we saw with two small dogs at 4PM Monday, carrying a huge pack, going IN after having skirted the roadblocks!

One guess what's on my list for my upcoming 64th birthday...

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by maverick » Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:08 am

That seems like quite a scary experience, glad to read that you all made it out safely, thank you for sharing that MatoKawipu!
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Re: Dinkey Lakes (Update, it is called the Bulldog Fire)

Post by jillsocean » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:55 pm

maverick wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:00 pm
A rouge outbreak from the Cliff Fire seems to have started 9/9 according to the Caltopo Map, between Courtright and Dinkey Lakes, and the fires outer perimeter has reached the small lake just southeast of Cliff Lake. :(
This hurts! I can't find any info on the Bulldog Fire. I'm curious if the fire suppression changes once the fire is in a Wilderness Area. Does anyone know?

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