Highway 395 open after Marina Fire | RecordCourier.com

Highway 395 open after Marina Fire

Expansion of a wildfire burning along Mono Lake has been halted by firefighters, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters have a line around nearly a third of the Marina Fire, which has held at 819 acres through Saturday.

According to a fire update issued at 7:20 p.m., hand crews improved lines on the south east and north flanks of the fire with the support of helicopters, aircraft and tankers, which helped reduce hotspots and slow fire growth.

Eight hand crews and the crews of nearly two dozen fire engines make up the majority of the 350 firefighters working the blaze.

The California Highway Patrol, the Mono County Sheriff's Office and California Department of Transportation have set up one-way traffic escorts through the fire as conditions allow.

Otherwise motorists on Highway 395 would have to divert hours out of their way through Hawthorne and Highway 95.

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Officials said the fire, burning in piñon and brush, was human caused. The precise cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Friday, East Fork firefighters were staged at the state line to cover northern Mono County as firefighters there work on the blaze.

Detour

The California Department of Transportation recommends northbound traffic on Highway 395 take State Route 120 East towards Benton.

At Highway 6 go north to Nevada State Route 360, and north of US Hwy 95 to the junction of State Route 359. Go West on SR 359 to State Route 167 which will take you back to Highway 395.

Southbound traffic should take State Route 167 which turns into Nevada 359 to the junction of Highway 95. Go south on Highway 95 to State Route 360. At the junction of Highway 6 go south to Highway 395.