July 10, 2018: Whitney Portal Closed & Evacuated by Georges Fire, UPDATED INFORMATION

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 July 2018



Inciweb: Georges Fire

July 10

Whitney Portal Evacuated and Closed

Original News Report

Original Forest Alert-Warning

No Trips Starting Out the Whitney Portal


July 16

Update on Georges Fire,
Sierra Wave, July 16, 2018.


July 11

Whitney Portal Road, Whitney Portal and Trailhead to Re-open 6 pm Wednesday

"The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine will begin issuing permits for both day and overnight hikers who have reservations for the Mt. Whitney Trailhead. They will also be reissuing permits for hikers who were unable to complete their hike in the past few days due to the fire. They plan to remain open until 8:00 pm to assist hikers. The visitor center will be fully staffed and fire information officer will be available to update hikers on the Georges Fire."

"...Wilderness Permit Office at 760-873-2483 or 760-873-2573.The Wilderness Permit Office will be open until 7:30 pm to accommodate these requests."


Morning Update Wednesday, July 11


Original Article

Posted July 10

New Wildfire Burning Near Mt. Whitney Closes Whitney Portal Road,
Mammoth Times, July 9, 2018.

"A new Eastern Sierra wildfire, the Georges Fire burning west of Manzanar and near the Whitney Portal Road area west of Lone Pine, has grown to 2,000 acres and is zero percent contained, according to the Inyo National Forest, where the fire is burning."

Trailhead Closed
"... the Whitney Portal Road to the trailhead to Mt Whitney is closed and anyone with a permit to hike Whitney today, July 9, will not be able to do so at least today."

"The forecast today calls for additional lightning activity as well as continued erratic winds and dry conditions, she said. A Type II Team has been ordered and arrives this evening for a briefing."

"Numerous crews from the Inyo National Forest, BLM, CALFIRE, and local fire departments are responding, she said. There are nine crews, 20 engines, three dozers, six helicopters, three air tankers and a very large air tanker (VLAT) assigned to the incident and additional resources are ordered and en route."


July 10, 2018.
Inyo National Forest
Georges Fire Update

"The Whitney Portal area has been evacuated. This includes campgrounds, residents, and the Whitney Portal Store."

“The Hogback and Whitney Portal Roads are closed.”

Exiting JMT Hiker Shuttle
“Hikers who exit at Whitney Portal that do not have a vehicle may call a shuttle service (see attached) or arrange to be picked up. Shuttle services will only be assisting exiting hikers at this time as conditions permit.”

Trailhead Closed
“The Inyo National Forest is contacting permit holders for the Whitney Portal Trailhead and the Shepherd Pass Trailhead to notify them that they cannot begin their hikes tomorrow from these trailheads. Hikers who picked up their permit to hike Mt. Whitney in advance may not hike the trail.”

(Italics added)


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