Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Marina Fire and road closure update, 1:00pm

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.

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

The Marina Fire as seen from Hwy 395 as cars are escorted through the fire zone.
The Marina Fire burning in the steep canyons above Hwy 395 about one mile north of the town of Lee Vining. Photos by Geoff McQuilkin.