Walker Fire 81 Percent Contained

Wendilyn Grassescjo
Staff Writer

The Walker Fire is now 81 percent contained and giving out minimal smoke, although Eastern Sierra skies are exceptionally smoky this Monday morning, Aug. 24, due to the influx of smoke from the Rough Fire burning near Hume Lake on the west side of the Sierra crest.

Improved conditions on the Walker Fire have allow the campgrounds in Lower Lee Vining Canyon to once again open to the public, with the exception of Aspen Grove, and fire fighting personnel has dropped from about 500 firefighters working at the peak of the fire's activity to about 216 today.

These open campgrounds include Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, and Big Bend Campgrounds. Aspen Grove will continue to be closed throughout the week as the Incident Command Post will be set up at Aspen Grove Campground.

There are still several road and facility closures in the Walker Fire area, however, including:
• The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.
• The Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated and is closed to the public.

The fire has been determined to be human-caused and is under investigation. Fire authorities are asking anyone who was in the Walker Lake area on the day of Aug. 14, the day the fire started, to contact them (see contact info below).

The Walker Fire is burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining and remains at 3,676 acres. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.

Smoke in the area is the result of several wildfires burning throughout California. Crews continue to make progress improving containment lines as well as mop up, which includes extinguishing interior hot spots to ensure that the fire does not re-ignite.

A BAER (burned area emergency response team) is on the fire to work on fire suppression repair.

Anyone who was in the Walker Lake area on August 14, 2015, is asked to call 760-920-7149 with any information that may pertain to the fire.

For the safety of our firefighters, effective air operations and continued containment efforts, please keep drones away from the Walker Fire and near heliports.

Approximately 216 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.

For more information on the Walker Fire you can go to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/
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Date Started: 8/14/2015
Cause: Human
Total Personnel: 216
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 3
Size: 3,676 acres
Structures Threatened: 220
Percent Contained: 81%
Resources: 1 Helicopters, 0 Seats, 0 Air Tankers
5 Engines, 6 Crews, 2 Water Tenders, 4Dozers
Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/26/2015
Walker Fire is at 81% Containment