The Boot Fire is currently 6,873 acres and 3% contained. The Boot Fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain approximately 9 miles southwest of Walker and 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California. There are currently 400 personnel on the fire. The incident command post is set up at Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Station, 1166 Larson Lane, Coleville CA.
Evacuations: A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for residents and structures in the area of Fales Hot Springs, Devil’s Gate Pass and Swauger Creek, and for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.
Road Closures: 395 remains closed from Eastside Lane south of Walker, California to the north end of Bridgeport, California. Both towns of Bridgeport and Walker are accessible to travelers, with through traffic detoured into Smith Valley at Holbrook Junction, Nevada State Route 208 in Nevada, approximately 4 miles north of the California/Nevada state line, to assist travelers that are looking to detour around the closure. Sonora Pass (CA SR 108) is closed at the Mono Tuolumne county line to US 395. Please continue to follow Caltrans for updates http://www.dot.ca.gov/d9/index.html.
Recreation Sites Closed: Bootleg, Chris Flat, Sonora Bridge, and Leavitt Meadows Campground/Trailhead, and Leavitt Meadows Pack Station. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between CA SR 108 at Sonora Pass and Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass.
Values at Risk: Structures and residences along Highway 395 in area of Fales Hot Springs, Devils Gate, Swauger Creek, US Military Training Center, transportation corridor on Hwy 395 and State Route 108 (Sonora Pass), campgrounds and historical site, grazing allotments, sagegrouse habitat, watershed, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.
On September 5, 2018, Inyo National Forest, in partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies, eradicated 8,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally on forest land. In addition, 100 pounds of processed plants were also seized. The grow site was in a remote area of the Inyo Mountains.
US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, and California Fish and Wildlife were involved in ensuring the grow site was safe to enter, securing the marijuana, and eradicating it in coordination with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
All agencies assisting in the eradication operation want to remind residents and visitors of the dangers that are inherent on illegal marijuana cultivation. If you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, leave immediately and do not attempt to engage with the growers. Once in a safe location, report as many details about the location to law enforcement.
Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems. As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation. The use of banned herbicides and pesticides is also common practice. Additionally, marijuana cultivation sites often contain large amounts of trash and create fire hazards in wildland areas.
Law enforcement officers continue to investigate the grow site. No arrests have been made at this time.
On September 15th, the Wounded Warrior Annual Golf Tournament will once again be held at the Bishop Country Club. This four-person scramble starts at 9am with a shotgun start. No handicap is required.
Entry fees, which include dinner, are $50 for members and $75 for guests. Tournament Chairman Bob Waggoner reminds everyone that it sells out quick so early sign-ups are encouraged. Register at the Bishop Country Club or by call the Club at 760-873-5828.
Bishop and Mammoth Lakes individuals and businesses come forward to donate some amazing prizes. LEADING WITH PERRY MOTORS GENEROUSLY DONATING HOLE IN ONE PRIZES, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A NEW HONDA. There will be many other great prizes which will be announced later.
For more information call Col. Bob Waggoner at 760-920-6628.
For more information on the Wounded Warrior Center visit their website at http://www.woundedwarriorsmammoth.org/
Both the Bronco Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams hosted their first home games of the 2018 football season on Friday against Ontario Christian.
In the Junior Varsity game it was all Bishop as the Broncos would dominate the game and shutting out Ontario Christian Knights 26-0.
The Bishop JV’s were led on the ground by Freshman Luis Cruz who would carry the ball 5 times for a total of 79 yards and one touchdown, one fumble return for a touchdown and one punt return for a touchdown. Sophomore Jordan Cooper carried 15 time for 53 yards and one touchdown.
The Varsity game was a hard fought defensive battle. The Broncos switched Junior Luke McClean and Sophomore Clay Omohundro at quarterback throughout the game keeping the Ontario Christian Knights on their heels. Omohundro was 4 for 9 for 27 yards and McClean was 2 for 2 for 2 yards.
McClean led the Broncos on the ground with 17 carries for 129 yards, followed by Steven Paco carries 5 time for 24 yards.
Both teams had opportunities, early in the game, to score but defenses were able to hold. Ontario Christian would go for a field goal attempt in the first half, but, the Broncos blocked the attempt.
The only score of the game came with 9:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Luke McClean would run the ball in from 11 yards out on a quarterback keeper.
The point after attempt was no good.
The Broncos will now host the Yerington Lions this Friday evening. Junior Varsity game is at 4 with the Varsity Game at 7. Pre-game air time on 1230 AM KBOV will be at 6:50.
(Photo Credit: Inyo County Sheriff’s Office)
Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Yosemite Valley will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, August 14th, at 9:00 a.m. Yosemite Valley has been closed to visitors since Wednesday, July 25th, due to impacts from the Ferguson Fire. Visitors can access Yosemite Valley from the El Portal Road (Highway 140), the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120), or the Tioga Road (Highway 120).
The Wawona Road (Highway 41) will remain closed from Wawona to Yosemite Valley for at least another week due to ongoing fire activity and firefighter operations. Park visitors should be aware that there is still active fire and smoke on the roads and people should drive with extreme caution. Delays on the roads are possible due to fire activity and ongoing firefighter operations. There will be limited hours and limited visitor services at park facilities as the park returns to normal operations.
The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public on Monday, August 13th, at 9:00 a.m. Visitors can access the Mariposa Grove via the South Entrance (Highway 41) and park in the newly constructed parking area. The free shuttle buses to the Mariposa Grove will begin at 9:00 am. and take visitors to the newly restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Mariposa Grove reopened to visitors on June 14th, after a 3 year restoration project conducted in partnership with Yosemite Conservancy. Visitors will be able to travel to the Wawona area via the South Entrance (Highway 41). However, there is no access to Yosemite Valley via HIghway 41.
The Glacier Point Road remains closed and is expected to open when the Wawona Road (Highway 41) reopens. The Hetch Hetchy Area remains closed due to smoke impacts but is expected to reopen soon.
“We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to the firefighters and, Incident command teams for their great efforts in suppressing the Ferguson Fire. We’d also like to express our gratitude and thanks to our gateway communities who tirelessly helped visitors to the area while they were being impacted by the fire”, stated Michael Reynolds, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “This is truly a historic and unprecedented event in park history, and we are thrilled to welcome back visitors to Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove.”
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/yose and on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page.
Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to inform the traveling public that State Route 158 (June Lake Loop) is closed between Silver Lake and Grant Lake. The official location is 7.3 miles south of the north junction of SR 158 & US Hwy 395. A large mud slide is covering a large portion of the highway. Caltrans crews and CHP are on site directing traffic. The highway remained closed overnight and the situation will be reassessed this morning.
The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes, keep a close eye on the weather, and proceed cautiously when driving through mountainous areas. The safety of Caltrans and other agency’s crews, and that of other responders, is very important. Inattentiveness on the road can have tragic consequences.
Crews began responding to two new fires on or near the Inyo National Forest, on Tuesday. Both are east of Hwy. 395 and both are in Mono County.
The Owens Fire is estimated to be 500 acres. It is burning along the Owens River Road, which is east of the June Lake area. The fire grew rapidly with strong winds and is burning predominately in sagebrush. Crews, engines, and dozers have responded and have been supported by aircraft with water and retardant drops.
The Owens River Road is closed. There is an evacuation advisory for Big Springs Campground, Inaja Ranch, and the Arcularius Ranch.
The Hot Creek Fire is burning near Hot Creek, east of the Mammoth Lakes Airport. It is estimated to be 500 acres. It was also pushed by gusty winds in sagebrush. There are numerous crews, engines, and a dozer committed as well as aircraft support.
The Antelope Road and the Hot Creek Road are closed. Please avoid the fire areas so the firefighters can safely respond to the fire.
More resources are on order.
Crews will staff these fires throughout the night in an effort to start containing these fires. They hope to take advantage of the evening when winds typically die down in the Eastern Sierra.
Both fires are highly visible from Hwy. 395. There was substantial thunderstorms activity in the area.
Response is from numerous local agencies.