Two fires – Owens Fire and Hot Creek Fire – burning in Mono County

USFS news release

Two new fires east of Highway 395

Crews are responding to two new fires on or near the Inyo National Forest. Both are east of Hwy. 395.

The Owens Fire is estimated to be 500 acres. It is burning along the Owens River Road, which is east of the June Lake area. The fire grew rapidly with strong winds and is burning predominately in sagebrush. Crews, engines, and dozers have responded and have been supported by aircraft with water and retardant drops.

The Owens River Road is closed. There is an evacuation advisory for Big Springs Campground, Inaja Ranch, and the Arcularius Ranch.

The Hot Creek Fire is burning near Hot Creek, east of the Mammoth Lakes Airport. It is estimated to be 500 acres. It was also pushed by gusty winds in sagebrush. There are numerous crews, engines, and a dozer committed as well as aircraft support.

The Antelope Road and the Hot Creek Road are closed. Please avoid the fire areas so the firefighters can safely respond to the fire.

More resources are on order.

Crews will staff these fires throughout the night in an effort to start containing these fires. They hope to take advantage of the evening when winds typically die down in the Eastern Sierra.

Both fires are highly visible from Hwy. 395. There was substantial thunderstorms activity in the area.

Response is from numerous local agencies.


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Dave Carter
Dave Carter
4 years ago

The fire and emergency crews did an amazing job on these fires! We were at the Arc on the River and I actually saw the lightning strike that started the fire on the Owens River Road. We called 911 when the first tendrils of smoke were visible. Incredible job protecting… Read more »

Andi duffield
Andi duffield
4 years ago

Praying crews get these out quickly. Also, praying for everyone’s safety.