Georges Fire

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Georges Fire
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The Georges Fire on July 8, 2018
LocationInyo County California, United States
Coordinates36°38′46″N 118°13′16″W / 36.646°N 118.221°W / 36.646; -118.221Coordinates: 36°38′46″N 118°13′16″W / 36.646°N 118.221°W / 36.646; -118.221
Statistics[1]
Date(s)July 8, 2018 (2018-07-08) – July 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)
Burned area2,883 acres (12 km2)
CauseLightning
Buildings
destroyed
None
FatalitiesNone
Non-fatal injuriesNone
Map
Georges Fire is located in California
Georges Fire
Location of fire in California.
Location of Georges Fire

The Georges Fire was a wildfire in Inyo County, California in the United States. The fire was reported on July 8, 2018 in a rural area north of Lone Pine and west of Manzanar. The fire was started by a lightning strike and impacted recreational activities in the Inyo National Forest, as well as the habitat for Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, an endangered species. The fire burned 2,883 acres (12 km2), before burning out on July 18.

Events[edit]

The Georges Fire was reported on the afternoon of July 8, in a rural area north of Lone Pine and west of Manzanar. The fire was started by a lightning strike.[2] The fire started near Georges Creek, which was named after a Paiute chief.[3] By the evening, the fire had burned 750 acres (3 km2). Roads accessing the area were closed, with nine crews and a DC-10 Air Tanker being assigned to the fire.[2]

By the next day, July 9, the fire had grown 2,000 acres (8 km2) thanks to high winds. Two additional roads were closed and campers and residents in Whitney Portal were put on evacuation warnings. Inyo National Forest closed the Whitney Portal and Shepherd Pass Trailheads.[4] That afternoon, Whitney Portal was evacuated.[5] That same evening, the fire was declared 10 percent contained, however, the fire continued to grow in the south and west and fire suppression efforts were focused on the south due to the fire's threats to Whitney Portal. The fire's growth on the western end was limited due to a rock face the fire would hit, quieting the fire due to lack of fuels.[6]

On of July 10, the National Recreation Trail was closed from Lone Pine Campground.[7][8] That evening, thunderstorms provided precipitation to the fire, however the moisture was quickly dried up by warm weather and high winds. On July 11, evacuation orders were lifted for Whitney Portal and Whitney Portal Road, Mt. Whitney Trailhead and Shepherd Pass Trailhead were reopened.[9] As of July 13, favorable weather improved fire conditions, including monsoonal moisture, decreasing the fire's growth and easing the ability of crew's to control it.[10]

On July 18, the Georges Fire became inactive, with no new smoke or fire activity reported, with the burn area remaining at 2,883 acres (12 km2).[1]

Impact[edit]

The fire primarily impacted areas in the Inyo National Forest, specifically hiking and campgrounds, including the closure of a portion of the National Recreation Trail. The community of Whitney Portal was evacuated and the main road accessing the community was closed during the fire's height. Two additional trails and roads were closed during the fire.[9]

The Georges Fire burned wintering habitats used by the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. The fire has helped clear pinyon and juniper canopy cover. This benefits the sheep, who are preyed upon by mountain lions and other predators who reside in the woodlands.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Georges Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. United States National Forest Service. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Georges Fire Update 070818, evening update - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Georges Fire Morning Update for July 11, 2018 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Georges Fire 070918 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Whitney Portal Evacuated - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Georges Fire Evening Update 070918 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Georges Fire Morning Update July 10, 2018 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Georges Fire Evening Update for July 10, 2018 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Whitney Portal Road, Whitney Portal and Trailhead to Re-open - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Georges Fire Morning Update for July 13, 2018 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Georges Fire Morning Update for July 12, 2018 - InciWeb the Incident Information System". InciWeb. US Forest Service. Retrieved 12 July 2018.

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