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Monday night update for Taboose

News release TABOOSE FIRE Monday night The fire weather forecasted for today brought smoke that could be seen from afar. The smoke was the result of fire burning in the Shingle Mill Bench area along with pockets of interior fire in the Red Mountain and Red Lake areas. The Taboose Fire is now at 9,438 acres and […]

 
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Taboose Fire update – residents urged to be ready to evacuate

USFS news releases Taboose Fire Update The Taboose Fire remains at an estimated 10,500 acres with 30% containment tonight. Firefighters continued working through today and will continue this evening. Fire crews focused efforts on the northwest edge of the fire, reinforcing line by laying down retardant lines and setting out hose lays to hold the fire. The […]

 
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Sunday night update: Taboose Fire 10,500 acres, 10 percent containment

USFS news releases The Taboose Fire was mapped 10,500 acres with 10% containment. Aircraft was able to fly and accurately map the fire today. Today, the fire showed significant growth, predominately to the west and north. Crews focused their efforts to protect nearby communities, constructing containment line on the north, east, and southern flanks. They […]

 
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Friday updates on Taboose, Spring, Cow fires

USFS news releases The Taboose Fire, located southwest of Big Pine and northwest of the community of Aberdeen, remains at 380 acres and 30% containment. Last night, the fire was quiet and showed no growth. Today, crews will continue strengthening containment lines and mopping up hot spots. A slight chance for thunderstorms remains in the […]

 
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Updates on Springs, Cow fires

USFS news releases SPRINGS FIRE Incident Start Date: 7/26/2019 Cause: Lightning Size: 4,718 acres Containment: 68% Incident Type: Suppression/Multiple Objectives Vegetation Type: Brush and timber Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S.D.A. Forest Service Resources Assigned: Engines: 4 Helicopters: 1 Crews: 4 Water Tenders: 1 Total Personnel: 160 Current Situation: Crews are now able to concentrate their […]

 
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Updates on Springs Fire, Cow Fire

USFS news releases Springs Fire, 13 miles SE of Lee Vining Incident Start Date: 7/26/2019 Cause: Lightning Size: 2,619 acres Containment: 27% Incident Type: Suppression/Multiple Objectives Vegetation Type: Brush and timber Agency: Inyo National Forest, U.S.D.A. Forest Service Resources Assigned: Engines: 13 Helicopters: 1 Crews: 8 Water Tenders: 3 Total Personnel: 263 Current Situation: Smoke […]

 
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Thursday update on lightning-caused wildfires

The Inyo National Forest has been aggressively suppressing and monitoring several natural lightning caused wildfires in the past week. Things have settled down and there is no new activity to report on the Kelty and Cow fires. Fire activity is increasing on the Springs fire, and firefighters are strengthening containment lines by cutting hazardous trees and installing fire […]

 
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Widespread thunderstorms ignite multiple fires

USFS news release Summertime in the Eastern Sierra brings beautiful weather and many times that means thunderstorms that are welcome as they cool off the afternoons and bring much needed rain. Thunderstorms also mean lightning. Last week the Inyo received a lot of rain and hundreds of lightning strikes. Five small lightning ignited fires were […]

 
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Lakes Basin to open Monday morning

News release The USFS will be opening the gate to the Lakes Basin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019 for vehicle access. The USFS is the designated authority for the Lakes Basin and made the decision to open the area to the public with the provision of complimentary transit service and the placement […]

 
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State of the Inyo National Forest

USFS news release The State of the Inyo Roads Open: Bodie Road **(SR270), June Lake Loop **N & S (SR158), Hwy 120 E **(Mono Mills Road), Lundy Canyon Road (to the resort). Roads Closed: Sonora Pass (SR108), Monitor Pass (SR89), Ebbetts Pass (SR4 ), Lundy Canyon Road (beyond resort), Tioga Pass (SR120 W),Saddlebag Rd. Campgrounds […]

 
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Suzi Carter: 1959-2019

Suzi Carter, a lifelong Bishop resident lost her battle against breast cancer on May 12, 2019. After 4 ½ years of relentlessly and courageously fighting her battle with metastasized breast cancer she passed away peacefully at the Hoffman Hospice Home in Bakersfield surrounded by her loving family. Suzi was born in Bishop, California on May […]

 
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