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Buttermilk Fire is now out, roads open

May 27, 2011

The Buttermilk Fire is now 100% contained and the roads into the area have been re-opened. There is access to all of the bouldering areas and camping is allowed on national forest land. As a reminder, a Campfire Permit is required for all campfires, BBQs and stoves.

Crews are still assigned to the Buttermilk Fire and they are working to put out any hotspots that remain in the burn area as they do a general mop-up from the fire. Over 120 people are still assigned to the fire.

The Forest Service is asking the cooperation of everyone who wants to go into the Buttermilk area. If you go up there please:

o Slow down and watch for emergency vehicles and crews working on the fire

o Do not go behind barricades on side roads – crews are still working on hotspots in these areas

o Stay out of burned areas – hazardous hotspots still remain

o Please be smart and extinguish all campfires completely – use caution with BBQs,stoves, matches, and cigarettes - at this time fire weather forecasts call for very low humidity and very strong winds on Saturday

Agencies cooperating in the Buttermilk Fire suppression effort have been the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, CalFire, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and CalTrans.

The fire has been determined to be human caused, but the exact cause is still under investigation.

For more information please call Nancy Upham at 760-873-2427 or go to http://www.inciweb.org/

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