A fire burning at the West entrance of Yosemite sent smoke into southern Douglas County on Tuesday. The 1,888-acre Carstens fire forced the evacuation of 500 homes. According to CalFire’s Web site, about 700 residents were allowed back into the Lushmeadow area at 8 p.m. The fire started from an abandoned campfire. A helicopter from the Sierra Front responded to aid California firefighters.
A 5-acre fire burning just north of Mono Lake required authorities to close Lundy Lake Road. The fire was reported on Tuesday morning. That fire appears to have been started by an overhead power line that arced, according to Mono County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen. Sierra Front sent an engine to cover Lee Vining while they helped with the fire.
In what’s not on fire news, that would be the Sierra Front after 11 hours under a red flag warning. The warning has expired, but the need to be careful with fire has not. It’s dry and it’s just getting drier.
Expect the weather to be sunny and cool today with a high cracking 70 degrees and a west wind of 10 mph.