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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:
Fire Growth Potential
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.