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Update 6:55 p.m. - CalFire reports that aggressive fire suppression efforts by ground and air resources stopped the forward rate spread of the fire at 18 acres. Full containment of the fire is expected this evening.
Approximately 70 firefighters battled the fire. There was no report of injuries to civilians or firefighters.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
U.S. Highway 395 is open and the public is asked to use caution while fire crews are mopping up and patrolling the fire.
Update 4:15 p.m. â€“ CalFire Public Information Officer Debbie Chapman reported the fire at Keough's Hot Springs is in the range of 5 to 10 acres. A previous, voluntary evacuation order for the community has been lifted, meanwhile.
CalFire is working in unified command with the Inyo County Sheriff's Office. U.S. Hwy. 395 remains closed, however CHP units have begun escorting traffic in the northbound lanes. Escorts for southbound traffic are expected to begin in the next 30 minutes.
Agencies assisting CalFire include LADWP, the U.S. Forest Service, Sheriff's Office and the volunteer fire departments from Independence, Lone Pine and Big Pine, and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department.
Update 4 p.m. â€“ A vegetation fire about one mile south of Keoughs continues to grow. The blaze was first reported at about 2 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene they reported the blaze to be about an acre in size. By 2:30 p.m. the blaze had spread to about three acres near U.S. Highway 395.
As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Inyo County Sheriff's Department reported that northbound traffic was being escorted along U.S. Highway 395 in the area of the fire.
The Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Independence Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office, CHP, Caltrans and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have responded and CalFire has provided air tankers to battle the blaze.
The Inyo County Sheriff's Department reported that the fire is being pushed north by mild winds coming from the south.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m., fire officials began going door-to-door in Keoughs, advising residents that there was a voluntary evacuation in effect.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary in Keoughs is currently receiving assistance from the Inyo County Animal Control officers to relocate animals.
No injuries have been reported.