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Owens River Fire blowing smoke into Lake Tahoe Basin

Claire Cudahy
Smoke from the Owens River Fire near Clark Canyon cloaks Round Hill the morning of Sept. 20.
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Smoke from the Owens River Fire, burning near Clark Canyon east of Highway 395, is blowing into the Lake Tahoe Basin.

As of Sept. 20, the fire has burned 6,050 acres and is 20 percent contained. It started on Sept. 17.

“Crews are focusing their efforts along the Owens River Road to protect nearby private developments and ranches,” according to the U.S. Forest Service in Inyo National Forest.

“The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon (a popular climbing area), and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the U.S. Forest Service estimates the fire will be contained by Sept. 30 around midnight.

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