Updated: Aug. 22, 5:04 a.m. The Spring Peak Fire has now stabilized approximately three miles east of Bodie State Historical Park (CA State Parks). Public access to Bodie State Historical Park on CA State Route 270 (Bodie Road) and the Cottonwood Road running north from CA State Route 167 will REOPEN to all traffic on Thursday, Aug. 22. The fire has burned 14,230 acres and is 68 percent contained.
Updated: Aug. 21, 10:52 a.m. While still three miles outside of Bodie, the Spring Peak Fire is now 39 percent contained. It has burned 14,300 acres.
According to Mono County Sheriff Ralph Obenberger, the Spring Peak Fire, also known locally as the Bodie Fire, was about three miles outside of Bodie proper, or Bodie State Historical Park, as of the morning of Aug. 20. Obenberger presented the fire update at the Tuesday regular meeting of the Mono County Board of Supervisors.
As of Tuesday morning, the InciWeb site reported, “The Spring Peak Fire was first reported on August 18 at approximately 10:39 a.m. Lightning on August 17 is the primary cause. The fire is burning in light, flashy fuels and is wind-driven. The fire is located approximately 24-miles southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada, and 12-miles northeast of Mono Lake, California. The fire has crossed the California state line and is now approximately three miles east of Bodie State Historical Park (CA State Parks), where structure protection fire engines are stationed and dozer lines are being built. Access to Bodie State Historical Park was closed Monday evening (8/19) until further notice; CA State Route 270 (Bodie Road) and the Cottonwood Road running north from CA State Route 167 will be closed to all traffic except fire and emergency vehicles.
“Historical mining structures and the cemetery at the old Aurora townsite and several active mines in the area are threatened. The Sierra Front Type III Incident Management Team (IC Mike Brown) is managing the fire. ICP is in Bridgeport, CA.”
Obenberger added that the ICP is at the Bridgeport Ballfield.
“Bodie is the prime concern,” Obenberger told the Board.
Obenberger said that the rain on Aug. 19 and further projections of rain for Aug. 20 would hopefully keep the fire from spreading further.
Current stats on InciWeb stated 218 personnel were working on the fire and 12,600 acres have been burned thus far. The fire was 15 percent contained at the latest update.