Marina Fire update

Staff Writer

The Marina Fire total acreage burned has been adjusted to 654 acres and is now at 46 percent
containment. The change in acreage is due to more precise GPS mapping. The fire is located
north of Lee Vining and crossed over a portion of Highway 395.
As of 8 a.m. this morning (June 27) Highway 395 has been reopened in both directions.
All evacuations have been lifted and residents have been allowed to return home. Due to
evacuations being lifted, Mono County Sheriff Department is no longer in Unified Command with
the U.S. Forest Service.
Fire crews working closely with air operations continued to make progress on improving the
containment line around the fire perimeter. Mop up operations continued in all areas of the fire
and along Highway 395. Hot spots still exist within the fire perimeter and will continue to
produce light smoke as it consumes the unburned vegetation.
Crews will focus their efforts on building containment lines on steep slopes, identifying hot
spots and beginning suppression repair efforts. Today the forecasted weather calls for the
highest temperature of the week with low humidity and local afternoon to early evening winds.
This will keep firefighters on high alert for potential fire spread.
Forest Service officials ask that the public continue to drive safely through the fire area as crews continue to
utilize the highway to access the fire. Southern California Edison continues to repair and replace
power lines affected by the fire. Potential for rockslides still exist and will be monitored by
incident personnel.
A BAER (Burn Area Emergency Response) team is evaluating the fire area for soil erosion,
flood assessment and other potential impacts to the natural resources.
Eleven hand crews, 23 engines, two dozers, six helicopters, two fixed wing aircrafts
and three water tenders. A total of 493 personnel are assigned to the incident.
The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

*** IF YOU FLY, WE CAN’T ***
Recently drone or UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) incidents at wildfires have caused the suspension of aerial firefighting until the unauthorized UAS left the area. Flying drones or UAS within or near wildfires without permission could cause injury or death to firefighters and hamper their ability to protect lives, property and natural resources.