Campers Evacuated Due to Fire Can Retrieve Gear With Escort

Staff Writer

Campers who were evacuated from their campgrounds in Lee Vining canyon can now return to their campgrounds to retrieve personal belongings with an escort.

According to the Mono County Sheriff's office, for the campers that were evacuated along S.R. 120 (Tioga Pass), there are escorts today, Aug. 18, into those campgrounds for property and belongings to be retrieved.

The escorts will take place until 3 p.m. Tuesday and tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. depending on law enforcement availability.

If you need to get into a campground, there is an escort station set up at S.R 120 just past the Tioga Mobile Mart. You will see 3 cones in the roadway near the bus stop. Please pull over at these cones and wait for the proper law enforcement escort into your campground.

The campgrounds in Lower Lee Vining Canyon remain closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.

The Upper Lee Vining Campgrounds are re-opening. These include Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake, Junction, Sawmill, and Saddlebag Campgrounds. Tioga Pass Resort and the Saddlebag Lake Resorts are open and the evacuation advisory is lifted.