Onion Valley Fire in Independence Dubbed “Rattlesnake Fire” has Multiple Agencies on Site
Wildfire above Independence. Evacuation of Upper and Lower Grays Meadow Campgrounds and Seven Pines in progress. Avoid the area.
Kristina Blum Justice of the Bishop Volunteers sent Eastern Sierra NOW this info.
“There’s a brush fire on Onion Valley Road. Last Estimate (3pm) was an acre burning, But it is Windy down there. Big Pine and Bishop have sent mutual aid.”
** Last report from Inyo County was 25 acres burning** -4:45PM
*** “Seems like they have a handle on things” – Kristina Blum Justice. Bishop Volunteer Fire Dept. ” Looks like things are under control. Thank you to all our firefighters and first responders! *** 5:30pm
***Another conflicting report from Inyo National Forest . We’ll stay on it to get the latest updates***
Rattlesnake Fire Prompts Evacuations
The Rattlesnake fire started in the afternoon of May 11th, west of Independence California. The fire is active on CALFIRE San Bernadino’s Inyo and Mono unit responsibility lands. However, it is burning very close to Inyo National Forest land and recreation sites. Strong winds began pushing the blaze towards the Lower and Upper Grays Meadow campgrounds as well as Seven Pines, which prompted the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to evacuate them.
The Rattlesnake fire is currently estimated at around 25 acres. Crews, engines, dozers, and 3 retardant drops have helped the fire to slow its progress. There is 0% containment at this time but low temperatures in the 30’s tonight, along with winds slowing after midnight look to give firefighters a chance to increase containment.
The Inyo National Forest is in Unified Command with CALFIRE and the Inyo County Sheriff on this incident. Notifications will be made once it is safe to lift the evacuations.