Smoke from the Indian Fire (Photo: Leslie Willoughby)
A thunderstorm that passed through the Eastern Sierra Wednesday afternoon ignited a lightning fire about five miles southeast of Mono Lake, north of Hwy 120, on Bureau of Land Management public lands. The Indian Fire is burning in sagebrush and grass and was about 1,000 acres late last night.
The Indian Fire started at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and as of 9 p.m. was 15 % contained. Crews initially hit the fire hard and were supported by four airtankers, two helicopters, an air attack and a lead plane.
Wednesday night crews remained in full suppression mode on the fire where 6 engines, 4 handcrews, 2 water tenders and 2 dozers are fully engaged. Participating agencies include BLM, the Forest Service, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, CalFire, and the Lee Vining Volunteer Fire Department.
Although no structures are located in the area, the fire is burning in sage grouse habitat and crews will continue to aggressively suppress it. –Press Release