Walker Fire Update #17 (Lee Vining)

Date:     August 24, 2015
Time:    8:00a
Subject: Walker Fire Update

Date Started: 8/14/2015
Cause: Human
Total Personnel: 216
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 3
Size: 3,676 acres
Structures Threatened: 220
Percent Contained:  81%
Resources: 1 Helicopters, 0 Seats, 0 Air Tankers 5 Engines, 6 Crews, 2 Water Tenders, 4Dozers
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/26/2015

Walker Fire is at 81% Containment

Lee Vining, CA: Burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining the Walker Fire remains at 3,676 acres. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.

Smoke in the area is the result of several wildfires burning throughout California. Crews continue to make progress improving containment lines as well as mop up, which includes extinguishing interior hot spots to ensure that the fire does not re-ignite.

A BAER (burned area emergency response team) is on the fire to work on fire suppression repair.

Anyone who was in the Walker Lake area on August 14, 2015, is asked to call 760-920-7149 with any information that may pertain to the fire.

For the safety of our firefighters, effective air operations and continued containment efforts, please keep drones away from the Walker Fire and near heliports.

Closures and Evacuations:

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated and is closed to the public.

Campgrounds in the Lower Lee Vining Canyon are open today. These areas include Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, and Big Bend Campgrounds.  Aspen Grove will continue to be closed throughout the week as the Incident Command Post will be set up at Aspen Grove Campground.

Approximately 216 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.  For more information on the Walker Fire you can go to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/

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