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Inyo Creek Fire #58868 06/21/2021 9:23 PM
by dawnoftrojans
Hey guys. I have a permit for overnight through Mt Whitney Portal in June 24/25. Just heard about the Inyo creek fire. Any thoughts on the likelihood of the portal opening back up by then. I’m wondering how seriously I should start contingency planning as I have little experience with how quickly wildfires are managed. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Lone Pine Creek Fire #58896 Jun 25th a 04:33 AM
by Steve C
Steve C
Here's a picture posted by a hiker (Sarah G) who was one of the last to exit down the Whitney trail to Whitney Portal. It was reported as taken Monday, June 21, 2021.

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Re: Inyo Creek Fire #58937 Jun 29th a 04:22 PM
by Steve C
Steve C
Originally Posted by Snacking Bear
Inyo Creek Fire:

The current burn acreage is listed at 592 with 80% containment as of 6 PM PT. Looks like they are making some headway!!

At 80%, I'll bet there is almost nothing left but a few smoldering logs. Based on past fires, the forest service will not declare the fire 100% contained until all mop-up operations are 100% completed. I guess they are trying to be ultra-safe by working that way, maybe making sure a big wind doesn't fan the smoldering remainders into live fires, or something like that. But I kind of wish they would open things up sooner to get things moving. Most people can be mindful of the situation and stay clear of any danger spots, but the agencies don't want to allow anyone access until they declare it over. It's telling that it's ok for hikers who have cars parked at Whitney Portal to hike down and drive down.
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Re: Inyo Creek Fire #58942 Jun 30th a 12:01 AM
by PeterD
Called Colleen Pennington. She said the road should be open 6pm Wed June 30th if there are no surprises with regards to lightning or flooding from afternoon thunderstorms.
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Re: Inyo Creek Fire #58945 Jun 30th a 09:24 PM
by Steve C
Steve C
Good news!

I just called the Wilderness Permit number 760-873-2483, and a Haley answered (after only a few rings!!). She says that Whitney Portal Road opens as of 6 pm today, 6-30-21. All trails will be open as well.
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