Two Fires Burn Along 395

Before the early morning outhouse fire Wednesday, Eastern Sierra fire fighters were called out for two other human caused fires.

Inyo National Forest officials say that fire season has begun for the Owens Valley. While the higher elevations are usually spared fire danger until summer, yesterday fire fighters responded to two separate wild land fires, both human caused.

Mono Sheriff officials report that on Tuesday at about noon, a truck driver on 395 called in a fire burning near the Virginia Creek Settlement outside of Bridgeport. Fire crews with the Bridgeport Fire Department, the Lee Vining Fire Department, the Forest Service and BLM responded and put out a small brush fire. Crews had the fire wrapped up by 3:25 pm.

No one was hurt in the fire and no property was destroyed. What caused the fire remains under investigation.

Also under investigation, a second small fire that burned in an area east of 395 between Smokey Bear Flat and the Crestview rest area. Reported close to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, the fire was contained at one tenth of an acre. This fire is listed as human caused and remains under investigation.

 
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