by Kurt Hildebrand
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August 19, 2013
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Fire near historic Bodie slows down

A fire burning near Bodie slowed its expansion on Wednesday, allowing firefighters to complete a line more than two-thirds around it.

While fire engines and dozers continue to protect the historic mining town south of Bridgeport, the size of the Spring Peak fire was revised down to 14,230 acres due to better mapping.

At its height, the fire came to within three miles of Bodie, which remains closed as does the entry road, to all but emergency traffic.

One minor injury was reported on the fire, Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center Spokesman Mark Struble said.

The historic Aurora townsite and cemetery have been protected and have not been compromised by the fire, Struble said. A voluntary evacuation remains in place for the Borealis and Esmeralda mines.

The fire closed Bodie Historical Park on Monday until further notice. The Bodie Road and the Cottonwood Road are closed to all but fire and emergency traffic.

Struble said the fire burned some high tension powerlines that have been shut down for repairs.

The fire is exhibiting extreme behavior burning in grass, brush, piñon pine and juniper driven by high winds.

The fire crossed the California border today despite the efforts of more than 200 firefighters, including six hand crews, six air tankers four helicopters and nine engines.

More engines are en route to help protect Bodie.

Onlookers are being asked to stay out of the area so fire crews won’t be hindered in battling the blaze. Smoky conditions prevailing around the fire have prompted health warnings.

Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by Sunday.


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