UPDATE Clark Fire 10 percent contained

The Clark Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was detected Thursday afternoon. It is estimated to be 200 acres and has zero containment. Photo by Danna Stroud
Staff Writer

UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m.

The Inyo National Forest reported this evening that the Clark Fire has now grown to 2,296 acres. Crews remain on scene, however, a new fire has also broken out near Rock Creek. Stay tuned for updates as more information is made available.

The Clark Fire is a lightning-caused fire that was detected yesterday afternoon. It is estimated to be 1,603 acres and 10 percent contained.
The fire is burning near Bald Mountain, east of Highway 395, and north of the Owens River Road.
The fire is burning at 7,000-8,000 feet in elevation in sagebrush and cheat grass and into Jeffrey pine in the higher elevations. The fire is actively burning, driven by down canyon and thunder cell winds. Isolated torching, occasional crowning, and spot fires in advance of the fire have been observed.
Crews are focusing their efforts on the south east flank of the fire to protect nearby private developments and ranches and plan to use nearby forest service roads as containment lines.
Clark Canyon, a popular climbing area, has been evacuated.
There are numerous hand crews, engines, air tankers, helicopters, air attack and lead planes, and a dozer assigned to the incident and additional resources have been ordered and are en route. There are approximately 100 people assigned to the incident.