Friday update on June Fire

Photo by R.D. Cohan

Photo by R.D. Cohan

June Fire- Continued Progress Overnight

The June Fire remains at 65 acres and is 65% contained.  Last night the fire continued to burn in heavy fuels on the ground. Firefighters were successful in cooling remaining hot spots along the fires edge while multiple crews continued to mop up again focusing on containment lines in and around homes.

Today, firefighters will be aggressively moping up on all areas of the fire and continuing to build and improve upon existing containment lines. Some easterly winds are expected today which, may increase smoke in the area from the heavy fuels smoldering on the ground. These easterly winds, may also cause drift smoke from the King Fire burning to the north to come into the area.

Evacuations orders were lifted yesterday at 2 pm. All roadways and campgrounds are open to residents and visitors with the exception of the Reversed Creek Campground.

June Lake has re-opened to visitors and residents. However, Gull Lake remains closed for boats and flotation devices as Gull Lake may continue to be used as dipping site for aerial operations.

Residents should be aware that firefighters will be working in and around the roadways 24 hours a day. Motorists are asked to please drive carefully. Residents may still see and smell smoke from the fire lofting in the area.

A community meeting is scheduled for the community of June Lake to be held tonight at the June Lake Community Center located at 90 W. Granite Ave, June Lake, CA 93529. U.S. Forest Service staff and fire incident commanders will be briefing the community on the progress of the fire.

Verizon Wireless was able to repair their fiber optic line and restore cell service to the area late yesterday.

The cause of the fire is remains under investigation.

Please look for updates on the forest’s Facebook page ( and Mono County Sheriff’s Facebook page (

Numerous resources from California Office of Emergency Services, CHP, Cal Trans, Cal Fire, Mono County, Inyo County, local fire departments, US Forest Service, and BLM are continuing to assist. These include:

10 Hand Crews, 16 Engines, 2 Helicopters, 3 Dozers, 3 Water Tenders for a total of 369 personnel.

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