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superkraut



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:10 pm    Post subject: Lake Isabella fire update Reply with quote

in case you were thinking of coming up to sail on our fair lake this weekend: DON'T!
Highway 178 is closed between the AuxDam turn-off and Sierra Way, and people headed for the AuxDam Rec Area are being turned around. Due to shifty winds and flare-ups, FS tried to evacuate campers at the AuxDam, but found half the units un-occupied (what a surprise!), and the other half refusing to leave, stating they were fire victims. right...

from the inciweb stats at noon today:
35,711 acres burnt
Road closures: 178 closed from 155 to Sierra Way
Evacuation areas: Hwy 178 to Kelso Valley to Paiute, Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley, and Yankee Canyon.
Recreational closures: AuxDam and Old Isabella Rec Areas, PCT from Walker Basin to Jawbone
Damage assessment: at least 150 homes destroyed, an additional 75 damaged



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the fire headed towards Kennedy Meadows?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

closures are official, as per Forest Service closure order #16-11


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for anybody with trailers stored at Watson's: they are ok, and have not been in any way affected by the fire
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just spoke with a Forest Service Enforcer: the cease-and-desist do-not-enter-the AuxDam & Old Isabella Rec areas order (which has not been as universally enforced as one might wish), will likely be lifted tonight. I'll keep you posted.
The 178 is open again in its entirety through the Valley, but many adjacent neighborhoods are still evacuated as the infrastructure is being secured and hotspots doused
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forest Service order 16-11, prohibiting access to AuxDam, Old Isabella, and SouthFork Rec areas, is officially still in force. But unofficially, FS is allowing folks to come back in as of yesterday (Monday) afternoon - so they have, in droves, hogging space for the July 2 fireworks show.
The AuxDam launch area is pretty packed, but the Ghetto still wide open
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