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Mono Lake featured in Greenwire

June 28th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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We love talking to folks about Mono Lake, especially people who are interested in looking at the Mono Lake story within the larger context of saline lakes. Such was the case when Mono Lake Committee Executive Director Geoffrey McQuilkin joined E&E Greenwire reporter Jeremy Jacobs for a lakeshore exploration this past April.

Jacobs is writing a series on “Dead Seas” that is worth reading to learn more about the Salton Sea and Owens Lake. For sure, you won’t want to miss the newest installment that focuses on Mono Lake. You can read the full story “Drought Threatens ‘genius’ regs that stopped L.A. water grab” here.

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Click the image above to read the whole article from E&E Publishing, LLC’s Greenwire.

Enjoy! And let us know if you have any questions.

 

Marina Fire update: Monday

June 27th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire continues to smolder on the slopes above the west shore of Mono Lake, but residents are breathing a cautious sigh of relief as firefighters now have the 654-acre fire 46% contained. (The change in acreage is due to more precise GPS mapping.) Fire crews continue to work on the ground and with air operations, improving containment around the fire perimeter and mopping up along Highway 395. The weather forecast is for high temperatures and low humidity and local afternoon winds, so fire crews remain on high alert for the potential for the fire to spread.

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A view of the Marina Fire area from Highway 395 taken this morning. Some people may recognize this area because of the aspen grove known for its beautiful colors in fall, or as the property involved in a Forest Service land trade to avoid development and subdivision around 2007. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

As of 8am this morning Highway 395 is open in both directions. Caltrans, Southern California Edison, and fire crews are active along Highway 395—please keep your eye out and drive safely along the section of Highway 395 along Mono Lake adjacent to the fire.

The smoke and ash from the Marina Fire has largely cleared the air, though smoke from wildfires burning in other parts of California is now entering the Mono Basin.

All evacuation advisories have been lifted and residents have been allowed to return home. The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

We are so grateful to all of the firefighters working on this fire—thank you for your efforts to keep our communities safe.

We will keep you updated on any change in status with the fire in the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore (open 8:00am–9:00pm daily) and here on the Mono-logue as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Caltrans posts updated road information here. For more background on the fire, see previous updates from the Mono-logue here.

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Summer visitor programs at Mono Lake

June 26th, 2016 by Adam, Mono Lake Intern
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Summer is officially here! With the passing of the summer solstice, many of the Mono Basin’s unique interpretive programs have begun. Whether you are a birder, astronomer, geologist, or traveling with a family, there is a Mono Basin interpretive program for you.

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for canoe tours on Mono Lake. Photo by Sandra Noll.

Join us every Saturday and Sunday morning for canoe tours on Mono Lake. Photo by Sandra Noll.

South Tufa tours: 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 6:00pm every day
Discover the mystery of Mono Lake’s strange water, unique wildlife, and dynamic geology. Tours begin from the South Tufa kiosk and last 1 to 1.5 hours. Free!

Bird walks: 8:00am on Fridays and Sundays
Join a naturalist on an easy stroll through Mono Lake County Park to discover the birds of the Mono Basin. If possible, please bring binoculars for this 1.5–2 hour walk. Free! … more »

Marina Fire update: Sunday 11:00am

June 26th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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This morning the Marina Fire continues to smolder on the slopes above the west shore of Mono Lake. An updated mapping effort put the acres burned at 758, with 30% containment.

Smoke from the Marina Fire was visible at South Tufa yesterday morning. There is much less smoke today. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Smoke from the Marina Fire was visible at South Tufa yesterday morning. There is much less smoke today. Photo by Erv Nichols.

Highway 395 is open to one-way escorted traffic between the town of Lee Vining and Highway 167; the wait time is approximately 20 minutes. Caltrans reports that the highway is estimated to reopen fully at noon today. … more »

Marina Fire update: Saturday 4:30pm, escorted traffic along Highway 395

June 25th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As of 4:30pm this afternoon cars are being escorted 50 at a time through the fire closure on Highway 395. If conditions become unsafe the highway will close completely once again.

A DC-10 bomber drops fire retardant along the north flank of the Marina Fire on Saturday, June 25. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

A very large air tanker drops fire retardant along the north flank of the Marina Fire on Saturday, June 25. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The fire’s statistics have not been updated on Inciweb since this morning—819 acres burned, with 5% containment, and 300 personnel responding. However, it now says on Inciweb that containment of the fire is expected to take at least five more days, with full containment estimated for Thursday, June 30. … more »

Marina Fire update: Saturday 10:30am

June 25th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As of 10:30am this morning the Marina Fire is still burning just north of Lee Vining along Highway 395. According to Inciweb, the fire spread has been mapped at 819 acres and is 5% contained.

A view of the Marina Fire last night from Mono City. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

A view of the Marina Fire last night from Mono City. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

Highway 395 is closed in Lee Vining on the south, and closed at Highway 167 on the north. There is no estimated opening time right now; the highway is reported to be closed due to rockfall on the road. … more »

Marina Fire 9:00pm Friday update

June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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As of 9:00pm tonight (Friday, June 24) the Marina Fire is still burning just north of Lee Vining along Hwy 395. At this time an evacuation warning has been issued for Lee Vining and Mono City. The Tioga Lodge and the Mono Inn have been evacuated. At this time Hwy 395 is closed.

The Marina Fire as seen from the north at around 8pm.

The Marina Fire as seen from the north at around 8pm Friday, June 24, 2016. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

A press release from the Inyo National Forest reports that the fire has grown to about 600 acres. There are approximately 300 personnel on the fire, and the fire has been determined to be human-caused and remains under investigation at this time. … more »

Marina Fire 4:30pm update

June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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As of 4:30pm the Marina Fire is still burning. The US Forest Service is reporting that it has burned an estimated 350 acres. The Tioga Lodge has been evacuated, and Lee Vining is still under an evacuation advisory. Firefighters have made great progress, but winds seem to be shifting and stoking the fire along the north edge.

Marina Fire as seen from Lee Vining.

The Marina Fire as seen from Lee Vining around 4pm on Friday, June 24, 2016. Photo by Geoff McQuilkin.

Firefighters continue to fight the fire both on the ground and with helicopters and air tankers. … more »

Marina Fire and road closure update, 1:00pm

June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire continues to burn just north of Lee Vining in the steep slopes above Hwy 395 along Mono Lake. Fire crews, including air tankers and helicopters are fighting the fire and appear to be making good progress, though flames can still be seen on the southern edge of the burn. Residents of Lee Vining and Mono City received a reverse-911 call with a message that is it not necessary evacuate at this time, but to be prepared. Highway 395 is still officially closed, but Caltrans is escorting cars through the area when feasible. Businesses in Lee Vining are open.

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The Marina Fire as seen from Third Street in Lee Vining.

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Marina Fire north of Lee Vining closes Highway 395

June 24th, 2016 by Arya, Communications Director
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The Marina Fire is burning on the slopes above Old Marina on Hwy 395 about one mile north of the town of Lee Vining.

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The Marina Fire seen from north of Lee Vining at Conway Summit. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

At this time the highway is closed from the north junction of State Route 120 (the Tioga Road) to the junction of State Route 167 (the turnoff to Hawthorne NV and Lundy Canyon). Periodic closing of Highway 395 in both directions should be expected. … more »

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