Current Situation: The Inyo National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Organization is managing the Springs Fire. Firefighters continued with holding and mop-up operations through the day. Crews assigned to night shift continued with tactical firing operations, for a total fire growth of 69 acres yesterday. This continues to provide more depth to the control line securing the established anchor point. A cold front is expected to move through the area today and possibly linger into tomorrow, bringing the potential for strong downdraft and erratic winds. Fire managers and crews on the fireline anticipate a growth of approximately 60 acres today, dependent upon the incoming cold front. Early morning light smoke/haze is also likely farther down the hill toward the Benton/Hammil Valley area, possibly as far as the Bishop/Owens Valley. Fire management have based strategic and tactical decision making on historical and scientific data for the purpose of managing for multiple objectives including protection, suppression and resource benefit.
The Who’s Who of the Incident Management Organization: Every Type 1, 2, and 3 Incident Management Organization must have a Medical Unit Leader. The medical unit provides for basic needs at camp, with some units able to go as far as providing cortisone shots for severe poison oak reactions. The basic supplies provided are things such as antihistamines, foot powder, bandages, lotion, and sunblock. These basic necessities provided make a huge difference for a firefighter working away from home for weeks at a time. The Medical Unit Leader also manages the line Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians that are on the fireline for all operational shifts. They render immediate care for any injury that happens, from a twisted ankle or bee sting to a hazard tree falling on a firefighter. The safety of our firefighters is always the top priority on any incident. The Medical Unit plays a critical role in providing medical care to all personnel on the incident.
Soft Closure Order: A soft closure order is in effect for some roads leading into the Springs fire to provide for public and firefighter safety. Forest Roads 1S17 from HWY 120 East to the Junction of 1S04. Forest Road 1S04 is closed from Forest Road 1S17 junction to Forest Road 1S02. Forest Road 1S12 is closed from the 1S17 junction to 1S02. The Springs Fire Incident Commander asks that all motorists observe and obey all posted signs and barricades to ensure for the safety of all public and firefighters
Reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Mono Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer
During the very early hours of Saturday, September 26, 2015, California Highway Patrol stopped a suspect on Highway 6 for a traffic violation. The suspect was identified as Jason Wolter, age 42, of Acton, California. Mr. Wolter fled from the CHP when they attempted to arrest him for a felony warrant out of Los Angeles County. Mr. Wolter was later located by CHP on a dirt road outside of Benton. Mr. Wolter fled again, eventually abandoning his vehicle on Black Rock Mine Road. Law enforcement officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management responded to assist. With help from a CHP helicopter, all responding agencies searched high and low for this definitely dangerous and possibly armed suspect, but were unable to locate him after several hours. Mr. Wolter had no known means of communication or sustenance.
Mono County Sheriff’s deputies continued to saturate and patrol the area where Mr. Wolter was last seen in an effort to protect the Benton and Chalfant communities. The diligent effort of the deputies paid off. Mr. Wolter was located near some large sage brush on Black Rock Mine Road shortly after sunset on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Mr. Wolter was taken into custody and transported to the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport without incident.
Jason Shane Wolter, age 42, of Acton, California, was arrested for PC 3455(b)(1) – revocation, modification or termination of post-release community suspension and VC 2800.0 – driving in willful or wanton disregard for safety of persons or property while fleeing from pursuing police officers. Mr. Wolter is currently in custody with all charges pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office thanks all the cooperating agencies for responding quickly and working together to capture this wanted suspect. We also thank the community members of Benton and Chalfant for your patience and assistance during this incident.
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The California Highway Patrol has released details from a July 4th traffic accident north of Bishop. The report indicates the single vehicle crash occurred at approximately 10am this past Saturday with 31 year old Benton resident Crystal Lawrence behind the wheel of a 2001 Dodge neon. According to the accident report, “On Saturday, at approximately 10:00 AM, Crystal Lawrence was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon westbound on Five Bridges Road near Fish Slough Road. The vehicle collided with a guard rail. Lawrence fled the scene after the collision and failed to notify authorities of the collision. During the course of the investigation, Lawrence was located at a residence in Benton, and she was found to have sustained major injuries from the accident and she also exhibited signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. Lawrence was transported to Mammoth Lakes Hospital and she was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and for Hit and Run.”
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