Super Smokey in Mammoth This Morning, Whats the Deal?


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Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 1, 2013 - 10:56am PT
crusher...hope it all works out for you and your family....this east side is such a special place....I'd hate to have your experience anything less than amazing.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Aug 1, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
No mountains visible in any direction down here in Bishop.

the last bivy
Aug 1, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
thanks for these updates, quite helpful.

some eastside hovel
Aug 1, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
I've lived in Bishop for fifteen years and this is definitely the worst I've seen it.I'm with Eric....No White mtns,no Tom this A.M. When I first moved here the Panamint Fire was going on and there were actual smoke clouds blowin' down my street,but you could get above it.This one doesn't seem so.Funny tho,I was flyfishin' up South Fork yesterday and it was bluebird and still decent in town.This morning...Not so much.

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Aug 1, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
Aspen Fire. Mammoth Pools Resevoir
Aspen Fire. Mammoth Pools Resevoir

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Aug 1, 2013 - 12:46pm PT

Total Size: 16,204 acres - 40% contained

Total Personnel: 1,947

Injuries: 2

Cost to date: $12.8 million

Campground closures within the Sierra National Forest:
 Sample Meadow
 West Kaiser
 Jackass Rock Organization
 Lower Chiquito
 Little Jackass
 Soda Springs
 Sweet Water
 China Bar
 Rock Creek

Campgrounds closed to support firefighting efforts:
 Badger Flat
 Midge Creek

All trails within the Kaiser Wilderness are closed.

Planned Actions:
Continue to build and prepare indirect line on the north and east side of the fire.

Cause: Lightning

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Aug 1, 2013 - 12:48pm PT

"This smoke thing is so blown out of proportion. Just climb, run etc etc as normal"...

Heavy smoke in the air and people such as myself can find themselves quickly in a world of serious discomfort, boarding on real TROUBLE...

Telling people to go out regardless of the smoke isn't real bright...


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 1, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
The smoke is bad enough here at times that anyone with potential health risks should avoid the area.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 1, 2013 - 09:18pm PT
This morning the smoke was super thick in Mammoth but now it is almost clear with the smoke being pushed to the south...what a relief..RJ

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 1, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
Clear here in Lee Vining right now.

Big Wall climber
Mammoth Lakes
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 2, 2013 - 10:24am PT
Could not take it anymore. Heading to the Alps on Wednesday.

John M

Aug 2, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
Heading to the Alps on Wednesday.

When you go big Dave, you really go big. I hope you have a great trip.

Its smokey today here in Wawona. Oakhurst was also smokey. How is everyone else doing? I would love to know how smokey it is in the meadows if anyone is going up there this weekend.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 2, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
Al's garage today - not too bad, but for about an hour today the whole Sierra disappeared in the smoke.

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Aug 5, 2013 - 11:31am PT
70% contained now

Boulder climber
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Ritter seen from town
Ritter seen from town
Credit: T H

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:25pm PT

Containment of the Aspen fire north of Huntington Lake remained at 75% Tuesday, but more personnel have been sent home, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The number of personnel on the fire dropped to 1,523 from 1,828 on Sunday, officials said. As of Wednesday morning, the fire -- sparked by lightning on July 22 -- had burned 21,930 acres.

While the number of firefighting personnel decreased, the cost of fighting the fire increased to $25 million from $21.5 million reported Sunday.

Recreation and businesses remain open in the areas of Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, Lake Thomas Edison, Florence Lake and Mono Hot Springs. The Badger Flats Campground is open to the public and the Midge Creek Campground will open Wednesday at noon.

Several roads and campgrounds remain closed.

Trad climber
Western America
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
Cough! Recreating in the San Joaquin R drainage sucks lately.

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Santa Monica, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Hi all,

So last Thursday (Aug. 1st) seemed to be the worst day of the 4 we spent in June - from Olancha all the way up to Deadman's it looked worse than a Summer day in L.A. in the 70's. I never considered myself sensitive to bad air but by the time I reached Bishop I was hoarse and this was with only recycled air on in the car. Couldn't see the Whitney range down by Lone Pine and could barely make out Mammoth Mtn. Pretty bad.

Past Deadman's it cleared some and on the June Lake Loop it was hazy but better.

So for the next few days it would be clear in the am, then fully smokey/hazy in a matter of an hour depending on the wind shift by afternoon. Monday driving home down the Owen's Valley it was better but still hazy.

I hope the rest of the monsoon season isn't bad and that we don't have more fires. This was definitely the worst I've ever seen it up there.

Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Aug 7, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
spent last week as trail crew leader out of Lake Edison on the west side, only 15 miles or so east of the fire. Smoke most of the time, although always worse in the afternoon with westerly winds.

The last few days would have been the worst, as they were setting very large backfires to burn into the fire.

The worst of this should be over soon.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 7, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
Crusher...That's what you get for listening to Cragman...Did he try to rent you a room with a stuffed bear...? RJ
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