Evacuated residents allowed to return to Walker after wildfire

A mountainside that was burned by the Mountain View Fire.

A mountainside that was burned by the Mountain View Fire.

Walker residents were allowed back in to see what remains of their property after a 21,000-acre wildfire that drove through their community destroying an estimated 60 homes.

An evacuation order implemented shortly after the Mountain View Fire started around noon Tuesday was lifted at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The more than 100 families evacuated from Walker, Coleville and Topaz were allowed back in to the area. One person, Eastern Sierra poet Sallie Joseph, was found dead in the remains of her home, Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun said.

According to an interactive map located at mountainviewfire.monocounty.ca.gov most of the damage occurred east of Highway 395 along North Riverview Lane and north along both Eastside Lane and Eastside Road.

Residents were asked to use the re-entry location at Eastside Lane and Highway 395 in Walker.

As of Saturday night, around 200 firefighters had a line around two-thirds of the fire. Officials expect to have the fire contained by Nov. 30.

“The fire is creeping and smoldering where heat exists within containment lines, in stump holes and debris piles,” the latest update said of the minimal fire activity.

A weather front due to arrive on Sunday will bring breezy conditions, but are unlikely to rekindle the fire, whose activity has been described as minimal.

The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center reported the fire started with a power line down.


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