Georges Fire


UNKNOWN

Incident #: 2118
Fire Start: 5 months ago
Location: 10.8 miles WNW of Lone Pine, CA
Acres: 2,883
Agency: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Dispatch Notes:

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 4 days ago — 8/14/18: The Georges Fire has been inactive for several weeks and is 95% contained. The Georges Fire is a lightning-caused fire that started on July 8 north of Lone Pine, west of Manzanar National Historic Site, and south of Bairs Creek. The fire was actively suppressed along the Owens Valley to protect life and property such as Whitney Portal, Lone Pine, and Manzanar National Historic Site. Due to fire activity, the Whitney Portal area was evacuated and closed for two days (in early July). No structures were destroyed. Monsoonal moisture helped slowed the fire’s growth.While these areas in the valley floor are now safely contained, the western fireline of the Georges Fire is in steep, inaccessible terrain as the fire burned into the mountains of the Eastern Sierra. Firefighters cannot access this flank of the fire. As such, firefighters cannot ascertain containment in this area. However, there has been no notable activity or smoke report for the fire since 7/18/18.
Evacuations lifted for the Whitney Portal area, including campgrounds, residents, and the Whitney Portal Store. The Whitney Portal Road was opened under the authority of the Inyo County Sheriff. The area was closed for the public’s safety due to the fire. The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center and the Wilderness Permit Office have returned to normal business hours.

Contact

Incident Contact
Deb Schweizer
Email: debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
Phone: 760-873-2427
Hours: M-F, 0800-1630
Fire Unit Information
Inyo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
351 Pacu Ln #200
Bishop, CA 93514

Basic Information

Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Sunday July 08th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Location
North of Lone Pine, west of Manzanar
Incident Commander
Coordinates
36.646 latitude, -118.221 longitude

Current Situation

Size
2,883 Acres
% Contained
95%
Fuels Involved
sage brush