Van Dyke Fire update: 450 acres, 75 percent contained

UPDATE 6 PM

The Van Dyke Fire (initially referred to as the Point Ranch Fire) is now estimated to be 450 acres and is 75% contained.

The fire is in grass and sage fuels and received measurable moisture today. Fire crews used these conditions to advance the containment efforts today. If favorable conditions continue, crews should fully contain the fire by tomorrow evening.

Initial attack response was by the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest and local fire departments. Bridgeport and Lee Vining Fire Departments were instrumental during initial attack and helped prevent structure loss.

Highway 395 has re-opened and all evacuations have been lifted. However, cell phone service and power continue to be down at this time. The SCE power sub-station received damage from both fire and wind yesterday. Crews are completing repair work on the station and hope to restore power by tomorrow morning around 11:00 a.m.

Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, Mono County, CHP, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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UPDATE 10:30 AM

The Van Dyke Fire (initially referred to as the Point Ranch Fire) is estimated to be 305 acres. The fire 30% contained. It initially started on the west side of Highway 395 and crossed the highway. It is burning south of Bridgeport, east of Highway 395, and north of Point Ranch.

The fire is burning in grass and sage. There is light rain falling at this time and the winds have subsided. Fire crews plan to take advantage of these conditions for containment efforts today.

Initial attack response was by the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest, but the fire is also on Bureau of Land Management response area.

All evacuations have been lifted. Residents of the Evans Track (south of the Bridgeport Ranger Station) had been previously evacuated.

Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, Mono County, CHP, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office,  and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).

Highway 395 has re-opened. Cell phone service and power are down at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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– Press release

The Van Dyke Fire (initially referred to as the Point Ranch Fire) is estimated to be 300 acres. The fire is burning south of Bridgeport, east of Highway 395, and north of Point Ranch.

File photo

File photo

Initial attack response was by the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest, but the fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management response area.

Homes are threatened. Residents of the Evans Track (south of the Bridgeport Ranger Station) have been evacuated. The Bridgeport Memorial Hall is open as a shelter.

The fire is burning in grass and sage. Sustained and gusting winds are making response difficult.

Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).

 

 

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2 Responses to Van Dyke Fire update: 450 acres, 75 percent contained

  1. Eastside Bum February 7, 2015 at 12:34 am #

    God knows we do not need any wildfires, especially right here in Mono County, right now! This is the worst case scenario, in a 4th year drought, and with high winds. Hopefully this can be quickly contained and controlled, no homes or property lost. The weekend is upon us, and may some snow or rain fall soon.

     
  2. BIG Rick O'Brien February 7, 2015 at 2:48 am #

    The snow will put it OUT ! FINALLY !!!

     

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