Highways 4 and 89 reopen after mudslide
Gardnerville, Nev. — A mudslide temporarily closed Highway 4 just east of Markleeville after a severe thunderstorm rolled through northern Mono and southern Alpine counties.
Forecasters warned that heavy rain on the Washington Fire burn could cause debris flows and mud slides. The National Weather Service reported the slide at 4:16 p.m.
Lightning strikes started fires in the Alpine County area. The largest fire is between Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs and is a tenth of an care in size.
A single tree is burning near Silver Peak in another lightning fire.
A community meeting about the Washington Fire is 6 p.m. Thursday at Turtle Rock Park in Alpine County.
The announcement that Ebbett’s and Monitor passes will be closed July 11 for the Tour of the California Alps also known as the Death Ride accompanies news that Alpine County is returning to normal after being threatened by the 17,790-acre wildfire.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire is 66-percent contained and has so far cost $10.1 million.
Firefighters are mopping up the blaze.