Update: Clark Fire nearly 2,300 acres

The fire is now mapped at 2,296 acres.

USFS press release

The Clark Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was detected yesterday afternoon. It is estimated to be 1,603 acres and 10% contained.

Clark Resize

The fire is burning near Bald Mountain, east of Highway 395, and north of the Owens River Road.

The fire is burning at 7,000 – 8,000 feet in elevation in sagebrush and cheat grass and into Jeffrey pine in the higher elevations.

The fire remained active throughout night and burned north towards Bald Mountain and into Indiana Summit Research Natural Area; primarily burning in Jeffrey pine forest.

Crews focused on fireline on the south east flank of the fire to protect nearby private developments and ranches and used nearby forest service roads as containment lines. They will continue to strengthen these lines today.

Clark Canyon, a popular climbing area, has been evacuated. Afternoon wind and low relative humidity continues to be a concern for fire crews.

There are several Forest Service roads that lead to the Bald Mountain area and visitors are advised to avoid these roads and the fire area for their safety and firefighter safety.

There are numerous hand crews, engines, air tankers, helicopters, air attack and lead planes, and a dozer assigned to the fire. There are approximately 200 people assigned to the incident.

Press release (from 6 pm Thursday )

The Clark Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was detected Thursday afternoon. It was estimated to be 200 acres at 6 pm and had zero containment.

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The fire is burning south of Bald Mountain, east of Highway 395, and north of the Owens River Road. The fire is burning at 7,000 – 8,000 feet in elevation in sagebrush and cheat grass and into Jeffrey pine in the higher elevations.

The fire is actively burning, driven by down canyon and thunder cell winds. Isolated torching, occasional crowning, and spot fires in advance of the fire have been observed.

Crews are focusing their efforts on the south east flank of the fire to protect nearby private developments and ranches and plan to use nearby forest service roads as containment lines. Clark Canyon, a popular climbing area, has been evacuated.

There are numerous hand crews, engines, air tankers, helicopters, air attack and lead planes, and a dozer assigned to the incident and additional resources have been ordered and are en route. There are approximately 100 people assigned to the incident.

 

 

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