8.9 mi
ESE of Redding, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
2 weeks ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Sunday, June 20, 2021 3:30 PM PDT
Tall Grass (2.5 feet) Brush (2 feet)

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 year, 10 months ago

Incident Photo for the Cow Fire

The lighting-caused Cow Fire is burning remotely in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Inyo National Forest. The wildfire is being managed as a suppression fire with a confine and contain strategy. Firefighters have been successful in reinforcing natural barriers to confine and suppress the fire in a safe manner, with minimal impact to the wilderness. The fire has grown to 1,975 acres and crews have secured 30 percent containment.

There will no long be regular updates on the incident unless there are significant changes to report. The public is encouraged to avoid the fire area. Post-fire hazardous such as fire weakened trees and burning stump holes may be present.

Minimal smoke may be visible from the Cow Fire until the area receives significant rainfall. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire to ensure it stays within control lines. Containment will steadily increase as crews further secure control lines by identifying and extinguishing sources of heat along the fire perimeter.

The ecosystem within the Cow Fire footprint will benefit from the low-intensity fire effects observed on the landscape. Lightning-caused wildfires have a natural role to play in Eastern Sierra forest ecosystems. Burned materials recycle nutrients back into the soil which enriches it and stimulates vegetation growth. New grasses, shrubs and trees replenish and grow stronger while old growth stands become more resilient. Wildlife habitats are created and an increase in food becomes available for animals to forage. The hazardous accumulation of logs and overgrown surface fuels on the forest floor are reduced which diminishes the risk of severe wildfires in the future. Heat from fire opens the strong resin which holds seeds inside of the serotinous cones of Lodgepole Pine, allowing the species to reproduce.

Perimeter Map
Progression Map

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:00 AM PDT
Golden Trout Wilderness, Inyo National Forest
Incident Commander:
Mike Christian
Incident Description:
Wildfire Burning In High Elevation Forest.
36.284, -118.228

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 11, 2019 12:00 PM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber - litter & understory
Significant Events:
Fire continues to back actively through areas with continuous fuels and smolder in the large down logs.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue to bring the fire from the west to the east along the north side of the fire. On the south side, continue to strengthen the trail and meadow natural barriers to keep pace with the interior burning.
Projected Incident Activity:
Increase in backing and flanking fire due to active interior burning and hand-firing along the perimeter.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Thunderstorms possible on Tuesday and Wednesday

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Inyo National Forest
Email: debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
Phone: 760-873-2427
Hours: M-F 8am - 430pm
Fire Unit Information
Inyo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
351 Pacu Lane
Bishop, CA 93514

Dispatch Contact

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection | Sacramento, CA