Smoke from the Clover fire continues to spill over into the Owens Valley. Burning in the Jeffrey Pine and Pinyon forests north of Kennedy Meadows and southwest of Olancha, at last report this fire was closing in on 3,000 acres in size.
The Clover fire was started by lightning on May 31. While this burn is listed as a Fire Use Fire, the Forest Service is actively working to secure the southwest corner of the burn area . A flare up Thursday expanded the fire by 800 acres, with Hot Shot crews called in to help. Over 100 firefighters were working the Clover fire at last report.
This is the second lightning caused fire in the Sierra above Olancha this year. The Honeybee Fire started on May 5th and is over 1200 acres in size at last report. Firefighters are letting the Honeybee Fire burn out as a Fire Use Fire. No fire fighters are currently assigned to the Honeybee, which is 80% contained.