California Highway Patrol Reports Collision, Bridgeport
On July 22, 2014, at approximately 2:50 PM, Mr. Andrew Hickey was driving a 2001, Dodge, Durango, northbound on US highway 395, south of Swauger Canyon Road at 55 miles per hour.
A shoe box size rock began to roll from the southbound dirt/rock embankment and across the highway. The rock rolled into the northbound lane causing Mr. Hickey to take evasive action and steer the vehicle to the left. This action caused the right rear tire to strike the rock causing Mr. Hickey to lose control of the vehicle.
Mr. Hickey steered the vehicle to the right, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest on its left side. Mr. Hickey and Mr. Bradley Naughton, who was the right front passenger, were not injured.
California Highway Patrol officers were assisted at the scene by Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue, Medic 7 (Bridgeport), Bridgeport Fire Department, and the Mono County Sheriff Department.
The Bodie Fire has been declared 100% contained. The fire was accurately mapped at 93 acres.
The fire was located on public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and started the evening of Friday, July 18. An investigation determined that the Bodie Fire was a lightning-caused fire.
The fire was approximately four miles to the southwest of the Bodie State Historic Park and was between the state park and Mono Lake.
Approximately 200 firefighters responded to the suppression response. Crews represented Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and Cal Fire.
From: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
Date: July 22, 2014
RE: Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to injured backcountry pack riders
On the afternoon of Friday, July 18, 2014, at approximately 3:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding two injured backcountry pack trip participants.
A multi-day guided pack trip was returning from their trip, when approximately 1.5 miles from the Agnew Meadows pack stations, two mules became spooked and the riders were thrown from the mules. The Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) team responded to aid the two injured riders. One rider suffered a bruised leg. The other rider sustained serious injuries. Eight SAR members hiked in and stabilized the seriously injured rider for evacuation to the trailhead via a wheeled litter. Mono County Paramedics met with SAR team members and the victim and transported them by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.
Written and prepared by Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
Storms Washout Roads in the White and Inyo Mountains
The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains.
Summer thunderstorms brought heavy rains to some areas of the White and Inyo Mountains, where road washouts have occurred. Roads in the Crooked Creek drainage, including the Crooked Creek Road (Road 05S01), the Cottonwood Road (Road 35E315) and the Wyman Canyon Road, require skilled travel on dirt mountain roads. The Forest Service is completing repairs on forest service roads.
Visitors should take precautions when travelling on dirt roads and report any road damage to a US Forest Service office.