UPDATE: Friday, August 14th.
Fire officials now indicate the cause of the Eagle 2 fire is lightning from earlier in the week. Wednesday, the day the fire took off, there were blue skies over Bridgeport. The fire is now listed at 150 Acres in size with 178 firefighters assigned. Perimeter containment is listed at just 3%.
From the US Forest Service:
Fire Crews Work to Contain a Fire near Bridgeport, California
Inter-agency fire crews are working to contain a fire burning on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest just west of Bridgeport, California. The cause of the Eagle Two Fire is unknown. It is currently burning in timber and as of 9 AM Thursday the fire is now estimated to be around 126 acres.
The fire is one mile south of the Buckeye Campground on the Bridgeport Ranger District. U.S. Forest Service personnel have evacuated the campground and nearby hot springs and closed the Buckeye Road.
As of 6 p.m., resources assigned to the fire include one air attack, two air tankers, four single engine air tankers (S.E.A.T.s), one helicopter, three engines, two hotshot crews, one CAL FIRE crew strike team and various overhead. The Great Basin Type III Team will take command of the fire on Thursday, Aug. 13th, and additional resources have been ordered.
The chance of wildfires occurring has increased due to the recent warm temperatures and long term drought conditions. Also, a red flag warning is in effect for western Nevada and the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14 for gusty winds and low humidity. Forest officials encourage the public to be extremely cautious with activities that could potentially cause a wildfire.
cover photo by Gary Young.
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Highway 395 north of Bridgeport was closed in both directions Tuesday after a fatal crash. While the investigation continues, the California Highway Patrols initial report is showing the head on collision was the result of a southbound 2015 Nissan Versa crossing the center line into the northbound lane. The crash remains under investigation.
The CHP accident report.
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at approximately 10:13 P.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a report of a head on traffic collision on US-395, north of Bridgeport. Upon Arrival, CHP officers located a Nissan Versa, Ford Fusion, and Freightliner box truck blocking both northbound and southbound traffic lanes of US-395.
The driver of the Nissan (Wesley Chen, 26, of Monterey Park) sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The two passengers in the Nissan(both age 26 of San Diego, and Fremont CA) received major injuries, and were transported via Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.
The driver of the Freightliner box truck (46 year old Ronnie Varela of Carson City) sustained minor injuries and will seek his own medical care. The driver and passenger of the Ford Fusion (85 year old Kenneth Bryant, 77 year old Esther Bryant of Gardnerville) were uninjured.
Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Paramedics and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) all responded to the scene to provide assistance. Preliminary information indicates the Nissan Versa crossed the center line of the roadway into the northbound lane, colliding with the Freightliner box truck. The exact sequence of the events and the cause of the collision remain under investigation by the CHP. The Mono County Sheriff-Corner Office is conducting the death investigation.
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The California Highway Patrol is passing along details from a single vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Bridgeport resident. Press Release from the Bridgeport office of the Highway Patrol:
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at approximately 5:27 P.M., Mrs. Stephanie Migliore, age 51 of Bridgeport, California, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Savannah, westbound on Twin Lakes Road at an unknown speed. Mrs. Migliore, for unknown reasons allowed her vehicle to drift off of the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder. Once on the shoulder her vehicle overturned and landed on its left side. Mrs. Migliore sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Rescue personnel from Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue (Medic 7) and personnel from California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area responded to the scene. The California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area are currently investigating the cause of this collision.
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