A wildfire named the ONION FIRE is burning about 5 miles west of Independence, off of Onion Valley Road and near Foothill Road on the Inyo National Forest in the State of California

The human-caused fire has destroyed about 85 acres of brush and has a 40% containment status has been reached.

After an extensive investigation, the fire inside a ring was determined to be a campfire that was not properly extinguished and embers were carried by high winds to nearby brush.

The fire was detected on April 7th at 1745 hours PT.

April 7th Onion fire
Credit | USFS / Inyo National Forest

Incident cooperators are: BLM Bishop, CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo/Mon Unit along with Bishop VFD, Big Pine VFD, Independence VFD and Lone Pine VFD.

Resources include: 10 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, 1 Dozer, 2 Water tenders, 2 Airtankers, 1 Air Attack plane, 1 Type 1 helicopter and 1 Type 2 helicopter.

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