Two fires burning in Mono County

Two fires are burning to the north and south of Mono Lake in Mono County.

The 900-acre Mono fire is burning south of Highway 120, which has been closed. The cause of the fire is under investication, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The fire forced the closure of day use areas at South Tufa and Navy Beach on the southern shores of Mono Lake.

The fire is burning in sagebrush. Firefighters had a line around 5 percent of it as of Tuesday morning.

Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by 6 p.m. Friday.

The 686-acre Potato fire seven miles southeast of Bridgeport was started by lightning on Saturday. Firefighters have a

Firefighters have a line two-thirds of the way around the Potato fire northwest of Bodie as of last night. The weather provided a little help in slowing the fire down, with a steady drizzle of rain falling on Sunday evening.

The threat to Bodie decreased during the day on Sunday and four hand crews have continued to run a line around the fire that had burned sagebrush and grass.

The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Nevada Division of Forestry are battling the blaze.

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center Fire dispatchers handled two reports from Monday's thunderstorm, including a single tree fire on Leviathan Mine Road at 7:35 p.m. A report of smoke a mile east of Spooner Summit at 2:25 p.m. turned out to be a false alarm.

The center handled five reports of smoke sightings or fires around Carson Valley on Sunday.

The day started with a report of a single-tree fire 11:44 a.m. near Indian Creek. Another report of fire in the vicinity of Mud Lake was received at 1:16 p.m.

Lightning also hit the east side of the Valley setting a 10-foot by 10-foot fire near Leviathan Mine Road. The fire was reported at 7:03 p.m.

None of the fires threatened homes or structures and all were extinguished by Sunday night.


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