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Re: Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015

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avatar Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015
August 16, 2015 12:51PM
The Walker Fire is estimated to be 1,200 acres and is 7% contained. The fire is northeast of Walker Lake and west of Lee Vining Canyon

Update: The fire remained active most of last night, including torching and spotting. Fire crews focused on line construction on the north and east flanks in an effort to contain the active fire edge. Dozer lines and strategic burning operations were completed last night. Crews will strengthen and extend these lines today in an effort to keep the fire west of Highway 395 and south of Highway 120 West (Tioga Pass). The forecast calls for hot and dry conditions today and active fire behavior is expected.

Closures and Evacuations:
  • Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated.
  • A CodeRed Emergency Alert notice has been issued for Lee Vining and everything north of Double Eagle in June Lake (including Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas) for potential evacuations.
  • Highway 120 West (Tioga Pass) between Highway 395 and Blue Slide (approximately 5 miles up-canyon from Highway 395) is closed.
  • Campgrounds in the Lee Vining Canyon have been evacuated and are closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.
  • The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed.
  • The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.
  • The Lee Vining area is becoming a center of fire operations and it is suggested that visitors should avoid this area.
The fire is burning is mixed conifer, mahogany, and brush. Critical sage grouse habitat is also threatened. Visitors and residents should expect to see smoke from the June Lake and Lee Vining area and along Highway 395.

Approximately 300 firefighters are on scene. There are five helicopters, 4 dozers, and numerous engines assigned and more resources are on order. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, the Tahoe National Forest, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/16/2015 01:14PM by eeek.
Re: Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015
August 16, 2015 03:46PM
So sad. Here are a couple of photos from that area, including one looking down on Walker Lake. The other is Lower Sardine Lake, further up the trail towards the Yosemite boundary.


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avatar Re: Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015
September 10, 2015 06:39AM
This area (Bloody Canyon) had nearly zero impact... due to fire suppression...

So... not that sad...

One canyon over... to da nort... diff story...

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Re: Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015
August 16, 2015 04:18PM
Check out Live Cam at Mammoth Mountain McCoy Webcam. You can look real-time at Walker Fire from a distance.
avatar Re: Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015
August 16, 2015 06:08PM
Check out Live Cam at Mammoth Mountain McCoy Webcam. You can look real-time at Walker Fire from a distance.

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Re: Walker Fire Update 08/16/2015
August 16, 2015 06:21PM

Pan, tilt, and super zoom. Have fun. make sure to take a look at Mt. Lyell and other great stuff while your there.
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