Eastern Sierra wildfire now 100 percent contained
BIG PINE, Calif. (AP) – A wildfire burning near a main highway in the eastern Sierra Nevada has been surrounded.
A state fire statement late Monday said the 1,103-acre blaze west of Highway 395 in Inyo County was 100 percent contained.
Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson said earlier Monday that there were no active flames and crews were concentrating on dousing hotspots to avoid flareups – especially since the Inyo County area could see strong winds and 100-degree highs in the next few days.
The fire erupted on Saturday, briefly threatening about 300 homes and prompting authorities to urge evacuations in the community of Big Pine. However, the request was lifted Sunday night and no homes currently are in danger.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.