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FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:13:00 PM »
There is a new fire reported along Lower Rock Creek Road now named the "Rock Creek Fire". Fire is about 10 acres and CHP and fire crews are responding. Started about 1-2 hours ago.  No more info available for now.  Updates are being sent out on Twitter by Inyo National Forest and Sierra Wave.  Hope they get it under control soon.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 06:30:13 PM »
just read an update... about 30 acres, and they have a retardent line laid around the fire... but the winds are shifting...    Swall meadows is now on an evacuation heads up..
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 08:52:21 PM »
Latest from CHP is that it is contained with some flare ups. We will see if they can mop it up overnight.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2016, 05:15:56 AM »
Fast work!  A loud round of applause for the fire crews  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2016, 06:47:06 AM »
As of 6am this morning, lower rock creek road is still closed but may reopen by 8am. Hot spots remain. No info on % contained. Last report was 30 acres.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2016, 07:10:59 AM »
Glad to here they are getting the fire under control.  Here it was "human" caused!
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2016, 08:05:18 AM »
There is a much bigger fire east of 395 off the Owens River road. it has burned a few thousand acres... Lightening caused.

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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2016, 08:35:56 AM »
Sadly, a majority of wild land fires in California are human caused. Most are accidental from being careless(like sparks from a dragging trailer chain or hot catalytic convertors) ..some are intentional ( walking away from a burning campfire or tossing a cigarette)  I am sure they will release the cause and start location after the investigation is complete.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2016, 09:35:44 AM »
Unfortunately the wind has fueled the fire and now it is only 5% contained and 185 acres. Reports are that it is human caused. Fire heading towards Swall Meadows.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2016, 10:28:37 AM »
You can follow updates (typically daily) here: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4928/

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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2016, 12:04:55 PM »
My family is staying in French Camp, we had a fantastic aerial show from the helicopters ( at least 5 yesterday, only a few today, flying between Crowley and Swall) and fixed wings (one big jet, as well as a smaller one) dropping on the fire. They were on top of things really fast, as they were already staged at Hot Creek airport for the other fire up by Bald Mountain and Mono Mills. Long Valley is full of smoke.
Hope they figure out what started it...they attributed the fire in Lee Vining to SCE, as well as the Round Fire, and the Birch Fire....hmmmm...

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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2016, 12:57:04 PM »
Here's the summary from this morning's Inciweb for the Rock Creek Fire:

"The Rock Creek Fire is estimated to be 185 acres and 5% contained. Down canyon winds last night pushed the fire south beyond the containment line towards Swall Meadows. The fire response today will focus on securing the southern flank of the fire and then using that as an anchor to secure the open fireline. This fire is burning in brush, cheat grass, pinyon pine, and juniper. Continuous fine fuels from the cheat grass and winds allow this fire to grow quickly. Swall Meadows has been evacuated and the Crowley Lake Community Center has been set up for a evacuation center. Four crews, 15 engines, 2 helicopters, and 2 air tankers, 3 water tenders, and a dozer are assigned to the incident.
Lower Rock Creek Road is closed between Swall Meadows and Highway 395. The fire is under investigation but appears to be human caused. Low relative humidity and afternoon winds continue to be concern. A Type II team has been ordered due to increased fire activity on the Inyo and the additional needs for firefighters and their support. The Central Coast Team in-briefs today and will shadow the local Type 3 IMT."
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2016, 08:14:04 PM »
Our crew was at French Camp for a short Wed-Sat trip. We saw smoke from the first fire while coming down the grade to Lee Vining. You could smell it at Nicely's.
Yesterday, after fishing at RCL, we were in Tom's Place parking lot watching the airshow. CH-47 Chinook, S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe), and a BAe 146 four engine, high wing ex-airliner.
The report was that the fire was contained, and just about knocked down. Smoke was minimal. While we were eating dinner, the air crews stopped flying.
We broke camp at 0630 this morning and when we passed Lower Rock Creek, there was just a small amount of smoke, and no visible activity. I was surprised to get home and see that things had heated up again.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2016, 10:53:02 PM »
Report tonight remains the same, 185 acres and 5% contained.  Crews mad excellent progress exists listing a fireline around the perimeter and hope to make more progress tomorrow.  Lower Rock Creek Road remains closed and Swall Meadows remains evacuated.  Looks like crews are hopefull to make more progress tomorrow on containment and have stopped the spread thus far beyond 185 acres.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2016, 09:18:21 AM »
The Forest Service updates their reports to the public (InciWeb) twice a day.  The night shift crews (if they have a night shift) will report on their progress and the day report will go out after 0600 (if the plans section has access to internet in camp).  Acreages can go up or down if they fly the fire during the night with infrared aircraft to map the exact locations of the perimeter.  All throughout the day, Operations Chiefs. field observers update the information and another report is created around 6PM.  When you see vast swings in acreage from initial reports, it's because the first were estimates and the revised are based on real data.  A management team has come in from Central California to assist the forest with coordinating and managing the fire.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2016, 09:20:35 AM by Lefluerfish »
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2016, 10:51:22 AM »
Been speaking with our friends that live in Paradise. They are moving back into their house this morning as the fire has been contained. Her husband works on the fire crew and is exhausted as it has been a rough few days. She said that things being so dry after years of drought, made it a bad situation and the shift in the wind caused it to instantly flare up and go crazy Friday night.

Nice to know they have it contained. This is the third fire/evacuation the have had in a few years. Hoping it will be the last.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2016, 12:15:51 PM »
Here is the summary from the Inciweb posting from an hour and a half ago:        http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4928/

"The Rock Creek Fire is estimated to be 122 acres and 20% contained. The decrease in acreage is a result of more accurate mapping. Last night, strong northern winds challenged the southern portion of the fire that continues to push towards the Swall Meadows area. Today, crews will continue to construct direct line, patrol and mop up along the perimeter.

Swall Meadows was evacuated on August 5, 2016. Ingrid Braun, Mono County Sheriff, will notify locals regarding repopulation, via the Red Code System by 4:00 p.m. today. This will be dependent on local wind events and fire conditons.

Lower Rock Creek Road is closed between Swall Meadows and Highway 395. The fire is under investigation but appears to be human caused.
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« Last Edit: August 07, 2016, 12:18:27 PM by Lefluerfish »
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2016, 01:22:35 PM »
Looks like things are under control, issue is continued winds that pick up in afternoon.  They pulled fire personnel from the other Mono County fires onto this one due to the risk of loss of homes.  They were all stationed at hot creek, so they were able to respond quickly.  Will be by tomorrow to check it out for myself.  Always get nervous when these fires are too close to home.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2016, 07:00:10 PM »
Swall Meadow residents have been allowed back in to their homes, hard closure remains at 395/ Old Sherwin Grade Road.  Thanks to all that helped get the fire under control so quickly.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2016, 07:48:17 PM »
Fire is 95% contained  :clap: :clap: Stopped by 395 today and no smoke was visible from highway, just remnants of the red fire retardant on the hills.  Road remains closed.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2016, 11:48:31 AM »
I read on the Inyo National Forest Facebook page that the cause of the 122-acre Rock Creek fire was a bike pedal strike to a rock! Here is what they posted:

“The cause of the Rock Creek fire that started on August 5th has been determined. Investigators have concluded that the fire was started from a bicycle pedal strike to a rock. Conclusive evidence was found in the fire origin area that was on the Lower Rock Creek mountain bike trail. A fire ignition from this type of trigger is a testament to how dry the area is right now. All residents and visitors are asked to be extremely careful with anything that may cause a fire while you are out in the forest,” the post read.

Seems like an incredibly unlikely chain of events to me but according to the US Forest Service this has happened before.

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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2016, 01:04:35 PM »
I know we have had horses with shoes on cause fires in the coast range....the same thing,, the metal hitting a rock just right and sending out a spark.  it does sound crazy, but it can happen.

haven't ridden that one.. need to put it on my list..     how long is it anyway?
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2016, 06:39:55 AM »
8 miles one way for all three sections.  Exit on 395 at Lower Rock Creek Rd. and park in dirt parking lot on your right.  Just across the road to the left is the trailhead for the start of the ride (top of section 1).  The biking trail ends at Paradise.  Best way is to car shuttle where you leave one car at Paradise.  However, hard core riders can choose to ride it as an out and back, climbing the entire trail from the bottom and then descending back the way they came. Those who want to do the full loop should start and finish at Paradise (16 miles).

Just walk the tough sections, like the stream crossing and the boulder sections, both on the lower section of the trail.  We saw a rider do a face-plant in the stream crossing in the lower section that required going to Mammoth for stitches.
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Re: FIRE- Lower Rock Creek
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2016, 09:30:45 PM »
I've ridden it from Rock Creek Lake...you combine the Sand Canyon ride with Lower Rock Creek...it's insane. Hard to feel more alive than when riding that ride. This was back when most bikes didn't have suspension...mine didn't.

The true studs then ride back to RCL from Paradise where the trail ends...that wasn't me.
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