Onion Fire Starts Near Independence Update | Now Reported Out

Press Release

UPDATE 3 | SATURDAY | APRIL 10, 2021 | 12:30 PM

Excerpt: Size: 85 acres/Containment: 90%/Incident Type: Full Suppression Vegetation Type: Brush

Current Situation: Great progress has been made by using resources through the day and night. Firefighters have line all
the way around the fire and have been able to secure and deepen containment, helping the lines hold even during gusty
afternoon winds. Today and through the weekend, firefighters will focus on the less exciting work of mopping up, pulling
hose, and repairing suppression line where they can.

All resources will be released on Monday if all goes as planned through the weekend. The helicopters that were assigned
to the fire have been released this morning. This will be the final update for the Onion fire unless there is anything
significant to report.

UPDATE 2 | FRIDAY | APRIL 9, 2021 | 8:00 AM

The ONION FIRE has been reported as 100% contained. Some equipment and personnel are still on site to look for any flareups that might occur should the wind pick up and reignite any fires.

UPDATE 1 | THURSDAY | APRIL 8, 2021 | 6:15 PM

A wildfire named the ONION FIRE is burning about 5 miles west of Independence, off of Onion Valley Road and near Foothill Road on the Inyo National Forest in the State of California.

The human-caused fire has destroyed about 85 acres of brush and has a 40% containment status has been reached.

Onion Fire – USFS Inyo National Forest

After an extensive investigation, the fire inside a ring was determined to be a campfire that was not properly extinguished and embers were carried by high winds to nearby brush.

The fire was detected on April 7th at 1745 hours PT. (5:45 PM)

Incident cooperators are: BLM Bishop, CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo/Mon Unit along with Bishop VFD, Big Pine VFD, Independence VFD and Lone Pine VFD.

Resources include: 10 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, 1 Dozer, 2 Water tenders, 2 Airtankers, 1 Air Attack plane, 1 Type 1 helicopter and 1 Type 2 helicopter.

Original Report (April 7, 2021): The Onion Fire, located 5 miles West of the town of Independence off the Onion Valley Road, was detected yesterday evening. The fire is approximately 125 acres and 30 percent contained, burning in brush on Inyo National Forest Lands. Efforts are being coordinated with Bishop Bureau of Land Management and CALFIRE San Bernardino Inyo/Mono Unit. Fire investigators have determined that the fire is human caused but are still investigating to determine the specific cause.

This is a full suppression fire response with firefighting resources from the Inyo National Forest, CALFIRE, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Big Pine Volunteer Fire, Independence Volunteer Fire, and Lone Pine Volunteer Fire on scene and working hard to complete containment. Crews worked through the night to get hand line and dozer line around the fire. High winds yesterday evening fanned the fire and are again in the forecast for today. Firefighters will focus on mopping up, checking established lines, putting in more hose, and patrolling the fire area for any spots due to the high winds.

There are currently 10 Type 3 Engines, 4 Type 1 Crews, 1 Dozer, and 2 Water tenders working the fire.

2 Airtankers, 1 Air Attack, a Lead Plane, 1 Type 1 Helicopter, and 1 Type 2 Helicopter are on order for today and expected to arrive this morning.

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