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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.

At times there have been four helicopters working on the Marina Fire and scooping water from Mono Lake. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

At times there have been four helicopters working on the Marina Fire and scooping water from Mono Lake. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Hwy 395 remains closed between the north junction of State Route 120 to four miles south of the junction of State Route 167 with occasional escorts through the fire area as safety permits, though we don’t recommend depending on that possibility. Motorists should be extra vigilant for fallen and falling rocks when driving the adjacent stretch of Hwy 395 along Mono Lake as the loss of vegetation can destabilize slopes, and heavier-than-normal rockfall has already been observed.

Firefighters on the ground along the southern edge of the Marina Fire. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Firefighters on the ground along the southern edge of the Marina Fire. Photo by Santiago M. Escruceria.

Fire personnel on Highway 395 and monitoring from below. Red coloration on the highway is fire retardant. Photo by Santiago M. Escruceria.

Fire personnel on Highway 395 and monitoring from below. Red coloration on the highway is fire retardant. Photo by Santiago M. Escruceria.

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4 Responses to “Marina Fire 4:30pm update”

  1. avatar AllieX Says:

    Thank you Arya. Sending best wishes for the fire to be under control and out as soon as possible.

  2. avatar Larry & Carol Holt Says:

    Great job! We have been following the fire since Nick called early this AM letting us know about it. InciWeb and the Mono County Sheriff FB pages are a help but you cannot beat eyeballs at the scene for accurate info. What you are providing is really important to those of us who love the Mono Basin but cannot live there full time.

  3. avatar Arya, Communications Director Says:

    Thank you Allie and Larry & Carol! I can’t agree with you more. Seems like the winds have shifted north — it’s going to be a long night I fear. Will keep you posted.

  4. avatar Lin Teichman Says:

    Sending strength to all of you. Please be safe!