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July 17, 2014
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Swauger Creek fire near containment

Five structures are threatened by a 125-acre fire burning in timber and brush near Highway 395 in Mono County.

Residents were advised to evacuate the area of the fire 10 miles north of Bridgeport, which was reported 12:35 p.m. Thursday, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.

The structures threatened include homes and outbuildings. As of 8:35 p.m. Thursday none had been damaged or destroyed.

An air tanker, five hand crews, seven engines and a helicopter worked during the day on the Swauger Creek fire, which is expected to move downslope tonight. Forecast winds for Friday will move the fire upslope into uninhabited continuous timber.

No estimate of containment or control has been issued.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday firefighters have a line around 35 percent of the Clear Creek fire, and expect to have it contained by Saturday.

The number of personnel working the fire on the ridge between Jacks Valley and Clear Creek Canyon has dropped nearly in half to 80. High winds and dry fuels did cause some spotting on the fire this afternoon, but the spot fires were quickly contained. Three hand crews and three engines are working on the fire, where the northwest flank on the south side of Clear Creek Canyon is still active.

The size of the fire has been revised down to 187 acres due to improved mapping.

Firefighters expect to have a line all the way around the 633-acre Evans fire burning north of Reno at 10 p.m. Thursday.

The fire is 80 percent contained as 110 firefighters work on it.

Thursday’s lightning storm caused fires near Genoa Peak and in the area of Old Clear Creek Road

Heavy rain fell near Toms Place in Mono County with .78 inches and pea-sized hail reported. A large mudslide was reported across Lundy Lake Road near Mono Lake.


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