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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Mountain View
  • State: CA/NV
  • Lead Agency: BLM
  • Size (acres): 20,385
  • Percent Contained: 70%
  • Estimate of Containment: November 30, 2020
  • Personnel: 128
  • Structures Destroyed: 81

Mountain View, Bishop Field Office, BLM. IMT 2 (CA Team 11). Four miles southeast of Coleville, CA. Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous residences and sage-grouse habitat threatened. Evacuations, area and road closures in effect.

November 23, 2020 at 12:06 PM

The Mountain View fire is 70% contained at 20,385 acres.  Containment line has been secured around 70% of the fire perimeter; the remaining 30% is under snow.  Fire activity is minimal and confined to “ground fire”.  This means that stumpholes and underground roots are the only fuels actively burning.  Snow melt is aiding in extinguishing these materials.  Generally there are not enough surface fuels to support fire spread.  The remaining visible smokes are from individual burning pinyon trees well within the secured fire perimeter.

 California Fire Management Team 11 will return management of the Mountain View fire to the hosting agencies:  Bureau of Land Management, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Antelope Valley Fire Department today at 8 PM.  Mountain View firefighters will return home tomorrow.

Evacuations were lifted yesterday morning for remaining Antelope Valley residents.  Mono County will be updating the following website with recovery resources available to affected residents.  Please refer to it for current announcements of help and support: https://mountainviewfire.monocounty.ca.gov/ The Mono County Public Information office is also managing a Facebook page with information and resources for Antelope Valley residents impacted by the Mountain View Fire.  It is linked to the webpage above: https://www.facebook.com/Mountain-View-Fire-Resources-and-Recovery-103809508226400   Note that bottled water is available for affected residents at the Walker General Store and Meadow Cliff Lodge.   

Unless significant changes occur, this will be the final update for the Mountain View Fire.

November 22, 2020 at 11:39 AM

The Mountain View fire is 65% contained. While the containment line around the fire is not complete, fire activity within the perimeter is minimal.  There are a few small areas where parts of burned trees still smoldering on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest portion of the fire footprint.  Firefighters are mopping  up these hotspots where they can be accessed.  A portion of the fire footprint also remains under snow.  Suppression repair is nearly finished and most of the containment lines not under snow are complete.   A mild wind event is expected this afternoon and firefighting resources will remain in patrol and monitor status to insure that any potential fire activity will remain within existing containment lines.  Smoke may be visible in the northeast portion of the fire in the mountains within the existing footprint. 

A mild wind event is predicted this afternoon.  Winds of 15 to 25 mph with ridgetop speeds of 25-35 mph are expected.  The fuels will dry out to 25-30% relative humidity but will gain moisture and recover overnight.  Temperatures are expected to be warmer today, in the mid 50s. 

Evacuees and Affected Residents:  Please check the NEW Mountain View Fire Incident portal for the most current information on evacuation orders and resources for impacted residents.  Please refer it frequently for upcoming announcements: 

https://mountainviewfire.monocounty.ca.gov/

November 20, 2020 at 11:57 AM

The fire remains at 20, 879 acres with 20% containment.  There was smoldering overnight in the fire area, mainly in the Eastside Land dump area near Walker.  There is an area showing heat in the Desert Creek area of heavy fuels on the northeast corner of the fire perimeter.  Firefighters will dig a handline around this area and monitor it carefully.  There is also some heat on the northern perimeter of the fire.   The main work is in mopping up the fire perimeter, patrolling and preparing for suppression repair work. 

We ask evacuated residents for your support and continued patience in returning to your homes.  There are live power lines, hazardous materials and potentially compromised water supplies in the fire perimeter.   Road closures are limited to residential streets. Larson Road, Pinon Road, Eastside Road, and North River Road are closed. Evacuations within the fire perimeter remain in place.  For affected residents needing drinking water, bottled water is available to you at the Walker General Store and at the Meadowcliff Lodge.  Also, shelter assistance and a Temporary Evacuation Point has been established by the Red Cross and is available at:
         Carson Valley Inn
         1627 US Hwy 395 N
         Minden, NV  89423
         Phone:  775-782-9711
Evacuated residents, you are not required to report in person to the Temporary Evacuation Point (you may call).  However, if you do, please check in first with the American Red Cross to obtain a voucher for your stay.  The Red Cross is maintaining a wait list for residents.

This fire displaced almost all residents in Walker and Coleville. The Mountain View Fire is the largest and most destructive fire in Mono County in recent memory. The loss of life, homes and property is devastating to this community. The State of California has proclaimed a State of Emergency for the Mountain View Fire, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.  For those who would like to help the residents affected by this fire, the Sheriff’s Office is providing the following information:

Many have asked where and how to make donations. At this time, there is no more storage available for donations of food, clothing, or other household items; however, financial donations are gratefully being accepted. The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Mammoth Community Foundation (which is the charitable 501(c)(3) of the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce) and the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce have partnered to serve as official ambassadors of the Mountain View Fire Relief Fund effort. Your contribution will assist those impacted by the Mountain View Fire by providing funds for immediate needs, including food, clothing, and shelter. Go to mammothlakeschamber.org/ to donate. Alternatively, checks for the Mountain View Fire Relief Fund may be made out directly to “Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce,” and mailed to: NMCC, 106651 US HWY 395, Coleville, CA 96107. Please note on the subject line: “Mountain View Fire Relief.” Contact the Northern Mono Chamber at 530.828.0826 or nomonochamber@gmail.com for more information.

November 18, 2020 at 9:26 PM

Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an emergency proclamation for Mono County due to the effects of the Mountain View Fire, which has burned over 20,000 acres and resulted in at least one fatality, forced the evacuation of residents and is threatening critical infrastructure.

November 18, 2020 at 8:30 PM

The Mountain View Fire has burned approximately 20,879 acres with 20% containment in Walker, California in Mono County within the Federal Direct Protection Area (DPA). The change in acreage is due to improved GIS mapping. Other towns impacted include Coleville, Topaz and the Camp Antelope Native American community. Primary fuels include grass, sagebrush and pinyon-juniper.

Fire behavior today exhibited minimal smoldering and creeping. No additional fire growth is anticipated. The fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team.

The goal of wildland fire crews is to remain focused on protection of the communities of Walker, Coleville and Topaz, as well as the Camp Antelope Native American community. Crews will try to keep the fire east of U.S. Hwy 395, south of Risue Canyon, west of Desert Creek and north of Mill Canyon Road.

Damage Assessment: Mono County’s initial damage assessment has been completed. You can access the map here: https://mountain-view-fire-incident-monomammoth.hub.arcgis.com/

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office reports it has lifted the evacuation order for residents on the westside of U.S. Hwy 395 N. The evacuation order for east of U.S. Hwy 395 N from Eastside Lane to Cunningham Lane remains in effect. Approximately 400 residents are affected by evacuation orders. The order will be reassessed in 24 hours.

Assisting Organizations: U.S. Forest Service, Mono County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross.

Safety Message: Please be advised that downed power lines are in the vicinity of the fire. Please wear face coverings when outside your vehicle. In addition to dealing with the inherent hazards of fighting a wildland fire, firefighters are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting inter-crew face-to-face interactions to what is operationally necessary to engage the fire safely.

November 18, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Interagency Incident Management Team 11 is enroute.

Current Situation: Yesterday, the Mountain View Fire exhibited extreme wildland fire behavior with wind driven runs, flanking and torching. Today, rain and snow have been reported above 5,000 feet elevation, which has slowed fire growth. The fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team. One fatality has been reported.

The goal of wildland fire crews today is to remain focused on protection of the communities of Walker, Coleville, and Topaz as well as the Camp Antelope Native American community. Crews will try to keep the fire east of U.S. Hwy 395, south of Risue Canyon, west of Desert Creek and north of Mill Canyon Road.

Evacuations / Closures: Evacuation Orders are in effect for approximately 800 residents. An area closure and restrictions are in effect.

Evacuation Center: Shelter assistance and a Temporary Evacuation Point has been established at:
Carson Valley Inn
1627 U.S. Hwy 395
N Minden, NV 89423
Phone: 775-782-9711
You are not required to report to the Temporary Evacuation Point. However, if you do, please check in first with the American Red Cross to obtain a voucher for your stay. The Red Cross is maintaining a wait list for residents.

Road Closures: U.S. Hwy 395 northbound and southbound is temporarily closed from Emigrant Street in Bridgeport to the Nevada State Route 208.

November 18, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Mono County Sheriff:

November 18, 2020 at 6:26 AM

Road Closures: U.S. Hwy 395 both northbound and southbound is temporarily closed from Emigrant Street in Bridgeport to the Nevada State Route 208.

Evacuation Order: According to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for the communities of Coleville, Walker and Topaz.

Mountain View fire ,just south of Walker General Store. Photo Mono County Sheriff

Evacuation Shelter: Shelter assistance and a Temporary Evacuation Point has been established at:

Carson Valley Inn
1627 Hwy 395 N
Minden, NV

You are not required to report to the Temporary Evacuation Point. However, if you do, please check in first with the American Red Cross to obtain a voucher for your stay. The Red Cross is maintaining a wait list for residents.  

Covid-19 Guidance: Please wear face coverings when outside your vehicle.