Fires Subdued, Fires Ignited

On the fire scene, Tuesday’s lightning storm started two fires. The June Fire started north of the June Lake Junction in the vicinity of the West Portal Road. The fire burned on both sides of Highway 395.

Traffic took the June Lake Loop around the fire. The Forest Service said that at last count, the June Fire had burned 600 acres. TV33’s Bill LeFever and Cleland Hoff were on scene right after that fire started.

At last word, the highway had re-opened. The USFS said that the fire was 80% contained with full containment expected by Thursday. More than 250 people worked the fire which was expected to reach full containment by Thursday. Reports said that rainfall in the area helped subdue the fire.

Some crews battling the June Fire were sent to a new lightning fire, the Slinkard Fire, burning up- the hill from the Topaz Guard Station.

As for the Inyo Complex Fire, the latest report calls it 80% contained. Some smoke remains visible up in the Sierra. At night, an orange glow shows that fire continues to burn in the high canyon areas.

Personnel on the fire have been reduced from 1100 to 480. Equipment has been reduced too, although Big Pine remains a center for lots of firefighting equipment and people.

Glacier Lodge Rd. and Onion Valley Rd. have re-opened. Oak Creek Rd. remains closed to the general public.

6 CAL FIRE firefighters who were trapped by a fast moving fire at the Inyo Complex near Independence on Saturday, were transported to the Fresno Burn Center after they had started to feel the effects of the exposure to smoke and heat. These firefighters were part of two engine crews that had helped with evacuation of the Seven Oaks Fire area. Extreme fire behavior forced them to deploy their fire shelters. Two of three other firefighters transported to Fresno Burn Center on Saturday have been released.


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