Marina Fire Update 8 a.m., Monday, June. 27: U.S. 395 opens and evacuation advisory lifted

Photo by Ian R. Wilson
Staff Writer

Evacuation advisories for Lee Vining have been lifted and s of 8 a.m. this morning, U.S. 395 has been reopened in both directions.
Fire officials have also adjusted the size of the blaze to 654 acres. “The change is acreage is due to more precise GPS mapping,” a press release from the U.S. Forest Service states.
The fire is also at 46 percent containment.

The Marina Fire is burning north of Lee Vining and has crossed over portions of U.S. 395.
Fire crews are working closely with air operations, which continued to make progress on improving the containment line around the fire perimeter.
According to fire officials, mop up operations continued in all areas of the fire and along the highway.
Hot spots still exist within the fire perimeter and will continue to produce light smoke as it consumes unburned vegetation.
‘Today, crews will focus their efforts on building containment lines on steep slopes, identifying hot spots and beginning suppression repair efforts.
Today’s forecast calls for the highest temperatures of the week, with low humidity and afternoon and early evening winds, which will keep firefighters on high alert for potential flair-ups.
“We ask that the public continue to drive safely through the fire area as crews continue to utilize the highway to access the fire,” the press release states. “Southern California Edison continues to repair and replace power lines affected by the fire. Potential for rock slides still exist and will be monitored by incident personnel.”

There are currently 11 hand crews, 23 engines, two dozers, six helicopters, two fixed wing aircrafts and three water tenders – a total of 493 individuals, assigned to the incident.
The fire is believed to be human caused, and an investigation to determine the exact cause is ongoing.