Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.
Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.
Command | Unified Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.
Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.
Incident Cooperators | Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.
Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times. The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly. There is a zero-percent containment status. The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours. It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.
Evacuations | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted). Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.
Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.
Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514. Their phone number is 760-813-3588.
Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.
Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.
Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus). Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).
Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire
ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum | Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike. The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.
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