Washington Fire 45 percent contained

Staff Writer

The Washington Fire, burning three miles south of Markleeville on the West Side of the Sierra is 45 percent contained.
To date, the fire has burned more than 17,700 acres, sending smoke over the Sierra and into the communities of Mono County.
According to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service, “Firefighters continued to make excellent progress with direct fireline construction over the fire area on Sunday with help of higher humidity, lower temperatures and the light rains, which occurred intermittently throughout the burned area.”
There are currently more than 1,100 people assigned to the fire, including 32 hand crews, 49 engines, 12 water tenders and 11 helicopters.
Today firefighters will continue to increase containment.
The fire has had no impact on the Pacific Crest Trail, which remains open.