High winds and lightning pose potential problem for firefighters.
by Seth Conners
Although they are not out of the woods yet the areas surrounding Lee Vining are beginning to see the light at the end of the Marina Fire tunnel. Acreage burned has remained at 654 acres since late sunday night and the fire is now 75 percent contained. However, thunderstorms in the area could produce dry lightning and outflow winds up to 50 miles per hour. This has firefighters worried because of the increased potential for new fires to flare up and spread rapidly.
As the containment line continues to increase unnecessary firefighting resources will be released accordingly. This demobilization process will allow equipment and personnel to return to their home units or reassigned to other fires.
The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.
Marina Fire, Lee Vining, U.S. Forest Service, Fire information, Fire Update, Highway 395