Shall Meadows Residents Return Home, Clark Fire Mostly Contained

Staff Writer

Swall Meadows residents were allowed to return home after a two-day scare due to the Rock Creek Fire this evening, according to the Inyo National Forest. The other area fire, the Clark Fire is close to full containment as of tonight, Aug. 7.

Here is the latest update from the Inyo on both fires:

Rock Creek Fire:

Today, strong winds continued to challenge the southern portion of the fire towards the Swall Meadows area, but crews did a good job holding it. Today, crews will continue to construct direct line, patrol and mop up along the fire’s perimeter.

Good progress was made on the fire today and the evacuation was lifted for the Swall Meadows area at 6:00 p.m. for residents only. Residents can only enter through Lower Rock Creek. A closure will be strictly enforced by the California Highway Patrol at the entrance of Old Sherwin Grade Road to the junction of Old Sherwin Grade Road and Sky Meadow Ranch Road.

The fire is under investigation but appears to be human caused.
Low relative humidity and afternoon winds continue to be a concern for both fires.

Clark Fire:

This fire is located east of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain and was started by lightning on August 4, 2016.

Today, crews made good progress and tonight will continue to monitor containment line and will continue to build and strengthen hand line as opportunity presents itself along the northeast flank. The crews will also monitor interior islands of unburned fuel.

Clark Canyon, a popular climbing area, remains evacuated. There are several Forest Service roads that lead to the Bald Mountain area and visitors should avoid these roads and the fire area for their safety and firefighter safety.