The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office has evacuated the Lower and Upper Grays Meadow campgrounds as well as Seven Pines due to the Rattlesnake fire, which started Wednesday afternoon west of Independence, the Inyo National Forest reported Wednesday evening.

The fire is active on CALFIRE San Bernadino’s Inyo and Mono unit responsibility lands. However, it is burning very close to Inyo National Forest land and recreation sites. Strong winds began pushing the blaze towards the Lower and Upper Grays Meadow campgrounds as well as Seven Pines, which prompted the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to evacuate them. 

The Inyo National Forest reported the Rattlesnake fire is currently estimated at around 25 acres. Crews, engines, dozers, and three retardant drops have helped the fire to slow its progress. There is 0% containment at this time but low temperatures in the 30s Wednesday night, along with winds slowing after midnight look to give firefighters a chance to increase containment. 

The Inyo National Forest is in Unified Command with CALFIRE and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on this incident. Notifications will be made once it is safe to lift the evacuations.

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