The Onion Fire was declared fully contained at 5:55 p.m. on April 11, 2021.
The Onion fire was caused by a campfire that was not fully extinguished. While there was a rock fire ring and vegetation clearance directly around the ring, high winds blew embers into adjacent brush causing the fire to start. As the weather warms up and more and more people use the forest for recreation, it is important to stay vigilant and be mindful of what impact your activity may have on the beautiful forest. It is up to you to keep the places you love beautiful. Make the place you camp better than you found it. Always carry enough water to extinguish your campfire till it is cold to the touch. And educate people in a friendly way, that may be new to the great outdoors.
The Onion Fire grew rapidly during the evening of April 7, 2021 due to strong winds. Crews made a lot of progress working throughout the first night and second day. A combination of hand line and dozer line was completed around the entire fire area. Ground resources continued to enhance and patrol the established line for hot spots as the wind was again gusty and tested the containment lines.
The acreage was reduced at one point due to better mapping, in this case firefighters walked the entire fire perimeter to get an accurate fire size.
Incident Commander, Levi Ray was appreciative of the many different fire resources that responded from around the area and said that “without their help we wouldn’t have caught this fire as soon as we did”. Volunteer firefighters from Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, and Bishop assisted in the firefighting efforts. Our cooperators from CAL FIRE were also a huge help in getting a handle on the Onion fire.