Containment of Mono Lake fire expected by Thursday |

Containment of Mono Lake fire expected by Thursday

Staff Reports
A fire tanker drops retardant on the Marina fire on Sunday.
U.S. Forest Service |

After three days, Highway 395 past Mono Lake opened on Monday morning without escorts or controls.

Motorists were warned to watch out for fire apparatus, power crews and rolling rocks left over from the fire that at one point burned to within a mile of Lee Vining.

As of Monday morning, firefighters had a line around nearly three-quarters of the Marina Fire, whose size was revised downward to 654 acres due to more precise mapping.

Residents have been allowed to return home and the Tioga Lodge and Mono Inn are both in business. The evacuation advisories for Lee Vining and Mono City have been lifted.

The west side of the fire is burning on a steep slope, which is slowing line construction. Full containment is expected by noon Thursday.

“Hot spots still exist within the fire perimeter and will continue to produce light smoke as it consumes the unburned vegetation,” according to the update issued Monday morning. “Crews will focus their efforts on building containment line on steep slopes, identifying hot spots and beginning suppression repair efforts. Today the forecasted weather calls for the highest temperature of the week with low humidity and local afternoon to early evening winds. This will keep firefighters on high alert for potential fire spread.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.