Iris Fire in Rock Creek Canyon – Southern Mono County

News Release
July 22, 2020
Media Contact: Deb Schweizer
(760) 873-2427
Twitter: @Inyo_NF

Fire Crews Respond to Iris Fire
Evacuations in effect

Fire crews are continuing to aggressively work on suppressing the Iris Fire, located west of Iris
Meadows Campground and the Rock Creek Road on the Inyo National Forest. The fire is

currently 40 acres and 20% contained. Investigators have determined that the fire is lightning-
caused. It is burning in a mixture of sagebrush, mahogany, and mixed conifer.

Iris Meadow Campground and Big Meadows Campground have been evacuated. The Rock Creek
Road is Closed. Mono County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol are managing exiting traffic
along Rock Creek Road and at Hwy 395. Please avoid the area to assist firefighters with their

Yesterday, the fire grew with gusty winds associated with the weather system. Initial attack included
a series of air tanker retardant drops to help slow the fire’s spread while firefighters constructed
containment lines.

Today, the wind is challenging containment lines. Crews will continue to construct and improve
containment lines, assisted by helicopter bucket drops. Four air tankers are ordered for today.

High winds are in the forecast and remain a concern.

There are four engines, five crews, three helicopters, and four air tankers assigned to the fire and
more resources are being ordered. Cal Fire is also assisting in this fire response.

Steve Taylor

Over the last 30+ years, Snowman has spent countless hours studying and learning about mammoth mountain weather and snow conditions first hand. Snowman started blogging this information back in 1990 on the old Mammoth BBS system, then the RSN Forums and then on to in 2004 with his Video & Photo Blog reports.