Washington Fire 77 percent contianed

The Washington Fire south of Markeeleville is now 77 percent contained and smoke in the Eastern Sierra is diminishing.
Staff Writer

Th U.S. Forest Service reported Thursday, July 2 that the Washington Fire, buring three miles south of Markleeville, is 77 percent contained.
The Markleeville area received over 1.7” of rain on Wednesday, causing minor debris slides that closed portions of State Highway 4 and 89 for a short time. The heavy rains and thunderstorms have decreased the fire’s potential for growth and most fire activity has been reduced to creeping and smoldering. A chance of thunderstorms and rain is expected again this afternoon.
The fire was caused by lightning.
Road and Area Closures:
Secondary roads off State Highway 4 and State Highway 89 remain under a Forest Service closure and are not accessible to the general public. State Highways 4 and 89 are currently open for through traffic only. Until the Forest Service releases the closure, recreation on lands within the closure area is not permitted. Law enforcement will continue to patrol the areas under the current closure order. The general public is encouraged to use caution and slow down as they travel through the fire area as fire crews can still be found working along the highway corridors. The Bureau of Land Management cancelled its closures in the area.
An area closure is still in effect for the fire area and can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices.

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