Ultra Dry 2018 Winter Fire in Bishop: New Normal Emerging: Wait 'till Summer

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 February 2018


Ultra Dry Winter Fire in Bishop

New Normal Season Emerging: Wait 'till Summertime

Update: Pleasant Fire at 2,250 acres; 15 percent containment,
Sierra Wave, February 19, 2018, 11:00 AM.


Incident Start Date: 2/18/2018

Incident Start Time: 2:12 P.M.

Total Acreage: 2,250 Containment: 15%

Structures Threatened: 500

Structures Destroyed: 0

Structures Damaged: 0

Current Situation: Significant winds continue to hamper firefighting efforts, the fire is burning in the Pleasant Valley Reservoir Area heading toward Law’s Museum

(Laws Museum, recently)

Mandatory Evacuations: Brockman to Highway 6, including the Highlands, Chalkbuff, and Meadow Creek areas. Pleasant Valley Campground, Pleasant Valley Reservoir


Pleasant Fire Incident Information


Statewide Fire Map


Latest MODIS


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I'm calling it now: A frigging 2015-style crazy early start for PCT hikers to be able to cross the Sierra when it should be twenty feet deep in snow...

The factors are all lined-up for a historic early start of the High Sierra hiking season. And one of the, if not the worse, fire seasons ever, if this Spring rips into Summer carrying a hot and heavy drought.

Tracking the decline of this thin pack will likely observe and trigger one of the earliest openings of the High Sierra ever.

Things can change, but from this vantage point change to a "normal" snow-year looks highly unlikely.



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