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Marina Fire 4:30pm update

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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.

The Marina Fire - June 24, 2016

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…)

Field Seminar registration opens March 1 for non-members

Saturday, February 20th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Field Seminars is online here, and registration opens for those who are not Mono Lake Committee members at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 1st.

Wander through stunning Mono Basin aspen groves in search of arborglyphs etched on tree trunks. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

This year’s slate of 21 field seminars spans many topics: basketry, watercolors, woodpeckers, moonlight photography, geology, mining history, Basque sheepherders, kayaking, and more. (more…)

Sign up for 2016 Field Seminars on February 1st

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Learn about the region’s glacial, volcanic, and tectonic history in Geology of the Mono Basin. Photo by Elin Ljung.

The complete list of all the Mono Lake Committee’s 2016 Field Seminars is now available online here. Registration opens at 9:00am on Monday, February 1st.

This year’s slate of 21 field seminars spans many topics: basketry, watercolors, woodpeckers, moonlight photography, geology, mining history, Basque sheepherders, kayaking, and more. (more…)

Inyo National Forest increases fire restrictions

Saturday, September 12th, 2015 by Lisa, Eastern Sierra Policy Director
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Starting yesterday, September 11, 2015, the Inyo National Forest has extended current fire restrictions to now include all wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest.

An as-yet-unnamed wildfire started on Saturday, September 12 near Green Creek just north of the Mono Basin. Photo by Lisa Cutting.

An as-yet-unnamed wildfire started on Saturday, September 12 near Green Creek just north of the Mono Basin. Photo by Lisa Cutting.

The Hoover, John Muir, Ansel Adams, Boundary Peak, White Mountains, Golden Trout, and South Sierra wilderness areas are no longer exempt from fire restrictions. (more…)

Walker Fire update: Potential evacuation alert for Lee Vining is lifted

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Great news from the agencies fighting the Walker Fire today—the CodeRed Emergency Alert for Lee Vining has been lifted, which means there will not be evacuations! This applies to everything north of the Double Eagle Resort & Spa in June Lake, including the Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas. However, campgrounds in lower Lee Vining Canyon will remain closed through the weekend.

We are immensely grateful to the firefighters and agency personnel who arrived in Lee Vining quickly after the fire started, jumped right on it, fought it tirelessly, and who continue to put out spot fires and work towards full containment. In light of yesterday’s news of the three firefighters who lost their lives in northern Washington, we hope more than ever that everyone stays safe.

The current Walker Fire perimeter. Map courtesy of the Inyo National Forest.

The current Walker Fire perimeter. Map courtesy of the Inyo National Forest.

Walker Fire update for Wednesday: 35% contained, Highway 120 open

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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A view east toward the Mono Craters from the Walker Fire on Tuesday, August 18. Photo courtesy of incident fire crews.

A view east toward the Mono Craters from the Walker Fire on Tuesday, August 18. Photo courtesy of incident fire crews.

After several days of intense firefighting, the Walker Fire is now 35% contained at 3,715 acres. The fire crews and supporting aircraft have made good progress and as a result, Highway 120 west (the Tioga Road) has been open consistently since Monday afternoon, although no stopping is allowed on the eastern six miles of the road. In addition, the upper Lee Vining Canyon campgrounds were reopened on Monday afternoon, and remain open. The lower Lee Vining Canyon campgrounds remain closed, but from 9:00am until 3:00pm law enforcement will be escorting campers into those campgrounds to retrieve any gear left behind during evacuations. The fire has been determined to be human-caused. (more…)

Walker Fire continues, road conditions changeable

Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Bartshé, Education Director
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The Walker Fire continues and Highway 120 west has been open and closed periodically with a Highway Patrol escort. Please check road conditions before you travel. Lee Vining remains under alert for possible evacuation, but we remain optimistic that an evacuation will not be necessary. Highway 395 remains clear and open without restrictions at this time.

Afternoon winds can change fire conditions dramatically as they have throughout the life of this fire, and road closures can change. Click here for up-to-date conditions reports.

Helicopter drops water from Walker Lake on spotfires near Williams Butte on August 17.

A helicopter drops water from Walker Lake on spotfires near Williams Butte on August 17.

Walker Fire boundary at the end of August  16, 2015.

The latest mapped fire boundary, now at 3,700 acres.

View of Waler Fire looking north on August 17 at appr. 11am.

Looking north across to the Walker Fire burn area at about 11:00am on August 17, conditions looked encouraging at this time. Photos by Bartshe Miller.

Walker Fire travel and road condition resources

Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Conditions continue to evolve with the Walker Fire just south of Lee Vining. The two main highway arteries in the area, Highway 120 west into Yosemite and Highway 395, may need to be closed at times for fire fighting and safety. If you are traveling in the area, watch conditions carefully and plan ahead. We have gathered the resources we are using to get up-to-date information:

We will post major #walkerfire updates on:

Fire crews are based in Lee Vining and are working hard to get this fire under control, please help them be safe out there!

The good news is that you can still visit Mono Lake! Smoke conditions are variable around the Mono Basin, and continue to change as winds shift, so use your good judgement…. Places like South Tufa, the Old Marina, and County Park are easy access points to the lake, tufa towers, birds and wildlife, and interpretive activities, and these places are open to the public. For more information on where to go and what to do, you can always stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining and our helpful staff can help you get where you want to go.

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