The Mountain View Fire (Mono County)
This has been a rapidly changing story. Information will be continued to be posted and revised as it becomes available. News is coming in from various news sources in So. Lake Tahoe, Reno, Mammoth Lakes, and, of course, Facebook groups and official Facebook pages of government agencies. It’s a bit of a mess.
2:00 p.m.: Just when we thought we were done with fires; we receive word that the U.S. Highway of 395 has been closed from Bridgeport to the Nevada Stateline due to fire which started around noon and has been made worse by high winds strong enough to have even toppled big rigs. Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center reports that it may have started with a downed power line. The fire is being referred to as The Mountain View Fire.
Due to the fast-moving nature of the fire, an evacuation Order was issued in the Coleville, Walker and Topaz, according to Mono County Sheriff’s Office. The Mountain View Fire has grown to 5,000 acres in under three hours, having started just after 12:00 p.m. US395 is closed through the area. Travelers will need to take alternate routes depending on their destination.
Temporary Evacuation point: CARSON VALLEY INN,1627 U.S. HWY 395 MINDEN, NV 89423.
Due to the fire in Walker area, Liberty Utilities has de-energized the communities of Walker and Coleville up to Topaz at Stateline for safety precautions. So, there is no power in the area. Liberty is working with all emergency agencies and will safely restore power when possible. No estimated restoration time is currently available.
Warnings have been issued to all drivers by Caltrans District 9 that due to a fire in Walker Canyon, U.S. Highway 395 has been temporarily closed from Emigrant Street in Bridgeport to the Nevada 208. Drivers heading in that direction should seek an alternative route.
Sierra Wave will keep you posted as more information becomes available.