Marina fire update: Sunday, June 26

Staff Writer

Fire officials are reporting that the Marina fire is 30 percent contained at 758 acres. The California Highway Patrol is also conducting escorts along U.S. 395 as conditions allow.
Here is the latest:

The Marina Fire has burned a total of 758 acres and is at 30% containment. The change in acreage is due to more precise GPS mapping.
The fire is located north of Lee Vining and crossed over a portion of Highway 395 and is burning in pinyon pine and brush.
Southern California Team 1 Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the incident at 0600 hours. The fire is under Unified Command with the US Forest Service and Mono County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews continued to work overnight securing the fire-lines taking advantage of cooler temperatures and calm winds that decreased fire behavior.
Today crews will continue to construct direct line on the north and south end of the fire and mop up hot spots near the perimeter. Aircraft will continue to assist with suppression efforts. The forecast for today will include slight warming with relative humidity in the low teens. The common afternoon down canyon winds in this area will continue to influence potential for fire growth.
California Highway Patrol is providing escorts through the fire area in both directions along Highway 395 due to fire equipment utilizing the highway, power line repair and potential rock slides. The escort will be from just north of the town of Lee Vining on the south and at Highway 167 on the north. The Tioga Lodge and two additional residences have been evacuated. The communities of Lee Vining and Mono City are under an evacuation advisory.
Eight hand crews, 23 engines, six helicopters, two fixed wing aircraft, and two dozers are assigned to the fire. There are 355 personnel assigned to the fire.
The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

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