RAW: Fire near Mono City, Lundy Canyon caused by power line fire

A small brush fire near Mono City on Tuesday morning that grew to five acres is now mostly contained, according to the county sheriff's department. There is no danger to Mono City or the surrounding area at this time.

On June 18, at approximately 7:40 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were traveling northbound on S.R. 395 when they noticed smoke just south of Hwy 167 on the west side of Hwy 395 in the Mono City area, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

"It appeared that approximately ¼ acre of land/brush was burning," the news release states. "The fire appears to have been started by an overhead power line that caught fire.

"The Mono County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Mono County Paramedics, Bridgeport Fire Department, Lee Vining Fire Department, Mono City Fire Department, June Lake Fire Department, Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, and Long Valley Fire Department all responded to the area. For safety purposes, CHP closed the Lundy Lake Road at Hwy 395 to prevent public entrance into the fire area. At this time, all roads are now open.

"There is no current threat to homes in the Mono City area or the Lundy Lake area or to anyone traveling on Hwy 395. The fire is about five acres with fire personnel making good progress in full containment. Any further updates will be given via the fire authorities should conditions deteriorate or change.