California: Chimney Fire causes evacuations northwest of Indian Wells

(UPDATED at 2:56 PDT June 2, 2016)

The CAL FIRE air attack ship appears to have located the Chimney Fire.

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(Originally published at 11:05 a.m. PDT, June 2, 2016)

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Chimney Fire, June 1, 2016. CAL FIRE photo.

The Chimney Fire has caused evacuations in the community of Chimney Rock in California. Since it started on Wednesday, it has burned approximately 1,000 acres, and is located 7 miles west of Highway 395, 15 miles northwest of Indian Wells, and 25 miles northeast of Isabella Lake.

The video below was shot on Wednesday and gives a good overview of the fire at that time.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management public lands in and adjacent to the Owens Peak and Chimney Peak wilderness areas. The Pacific Crest Trail, Nine Mile Road, and Canebreak Road are closed. Approximately 300 firefighters were on scene Thursday morning.

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Vicinity map of the Chimney Fire.
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The red dots on the map represent heat on the Chimney Fire detected by a satellite at 2:39 a.m. PT, June 2, 2016.

The National Weather Service forecast for the fire area Thursday afternoon predicts a temperature of 73, 16 percent relative humidity, and winds out of the south and southeast at 10 mph, increasing to 10 to 23 mph out of the west and northwest after 6 p.m.

A Type 2 incident management team, with Incident Commander Mills, will assume command of the fire today.

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Chimney Fire, June 1, 2016. CAL FIRE photo.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “California: Chimney Fire causes evacuations northwest of Indian Wells”

  1. Article references HWY 295, should be HWY 395 I believe. Otherwise, top notch as always, thanks Bill!


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