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UPDATE Aug. 14: Fire near Mono Lake at 12,574 acres, 100 percent contained

August 13, 2012

The Indian Fire throws a plume of smoke into the sky, catching the sunset light.

The lightning-caused fire near Mono Lake was declared 100 percent contained Wednesday, and firefighters are increasingly being moved from the Indian Fire to other fires in the state and country.

The thunderstorm that sparked the lightning that started the now-12,574-acre passed through the Eastern Sierra Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8 and ignited the fire about five miles southeast of Mono Lake and north of Highway 120 on Bureau of Land Management public lands.

The Indian Fire grew rapidly Wednesday through Saturday and had a maximum of about 570 personnel assigned to the fire, until cooler weather and rain slowed the spread of the fire beginning Saturday.

Here is the "final update" on the fire, according to fire officials:

Fire Status: Active
Percent Contained: 100%
Location: Southeast of Mono Lake, North of Highway 120
Date Started: August 8, 2012 (2:06pm)
Cause: Lightning
Size: 12,574 acres

Resources: Hand crews 5
Engines: 10
Helicopters: 1
Injuries: 1

Total personnel assigned to fire: 230

This will be the last update for this incident. The Indian Fire started on Wednesday, August 8, at approximately 2:06 pm. The fire is Southeast of Mono Lake and North of Highway 120. Cooler weather and light precipitation on parts of the fire helped slow the progress of the fire however fuels remain very dry. Over the next several days, firefighters will continue to build and improve containment lines, mop up any hot spots, and repair any impacts caused by fire suppression. Full containment was achieved on August 15. Firefighting resources are being managed and made available to other incidents in California. At its peak, 571 personnel were assigned to the fire. 341 fire fighters have been released to date. The reduction in total acreage was the result of more accurate and complete mapping. Team 3 will be turning over the management of the Indian fire to the local agency on August 16.

Local biologists and botanists from the BLM continue to work directly with firefighters on rehabilitating the landscape. The public will also be important partner in healing the land after the incident by treading lightly in the burn area.

Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 Incident commander, Mike Wakoski would like to thank the community of Lee Vining and the adjacent areas for their support and hospitality to Team 3 and all firefighters. We appreciate their patience and understanding during this incident.

Incident Priorities:
• To provide for public and firefighter safety.
• Keep amount of sage-grouse habitat burned to a minimum.
• Keep fire north of Highway 120 East
• Limit spread to the east

Weather and Fire Behavior:
Temperature: 75–79 degrees F, Wind: 7 – 9 MPH from West. Growth Potential: Low

Agencies Involved:
US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Lee Vining Fire Department, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Highway Patrol, Wheeler Crest Volunteer Fire Department, Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander, USFS.

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