Jordan Fire Update
June 17, 2019
Media Contact: Kirstie Butler
Jordan Fire Info Line: (760) 920-7149
Incident Start Date: 6/09/2019 Cause: Lightning Size: 523 acres Containment: 60% Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush and timber Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S.D.A. Forest Service Resources Assigned: Engines: 1 Helicopters: 6 Crews: 5 Total Personnel: 205
Current Situation: The Inyo National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Organization is managing the Jordan Fire led by Incident Commander Todd McDivitt and Incident Commander Trainee Don Shoemaker. The Jordan Fire has been determined to have been caused by lightning. The fire has remained at 523 acres for the past two days due to completed fire control lines and reduced fire behavior.
With fire line construction complete, crews continue to extinguish hot spots adjacent to the line with the aid of water dropping helicopters. Continued warm and dry weather cautions fire managers to keep a limited number of firefighters on the fire to guard against increased fire activity. Fire crews no longer required on the Jordan Fire are being flown back to Lone Pine Incident Command Post to start the demobilization process. After showers, clean uniforms and necessary paperwork, crews will be released to head home to rest and prepare for their next assignment.
Logistical support of firefighters is critical to their efficiency, safety and wellness. Equipment like hose, pumps, fittings, fuel cans, and food storage boxes are sent from centralized fire warehouses to the fire base camp then on to the fire lines. Replacement items such as fire-resistant clothing and gloves are available to firefighters when they return to base camp. Batteries, chain saw gas and oil and other expendable supplies along with food and medical supplies are sent out to the spike camps near the fire lines. Every item is ordered, received, dispersed and accounted for by Logistics Section Chief Doug Winn and his staff. Medical Support is provided by Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics on the fire lines responding to any illness or injury and providing medical supplies like foot powder, sunscreen and medications. Timely and complete logistic support has been critical to meeting the control objectives of the Jordan Fire.
Incident Commander Todd McDivitt said, “I am proud of the hard work and professionalism of the men and women who responded to this early season, high elevation fire. This first major fire of the year in California is a good test of our readiness for what will likely be another long fire season throughout the western United States.” Command of the Jordan Fire will transition to an Inyo National Forest Type 4 organization on Wednesday.
This is the last Update for the Jordan Fire. As needed, any significant information will be posted on the information outlets below.
For the latest information try these sources:
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6384/ Face book: www.facebook.com/inyonf