Highway 89 Fire

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A brushfire started burning early Saturday morning on private land about a quarter mile northeast of Markleeville, California…or about 20 miles south of the Minden area.

The fire was one hundred percent contained with no visible smoke or flame as of 8 a.m Sunday morning. Firefighting operations were successful in securing the line yesterday. Crews will be working on mop up in the interior of the fire today and tomorrow.

Highway 89 is now open without restriction, and the voluntary evacuation order for the Indian Creek Campground has been lifted.

Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place for a five mile radius and 10,000 feet above the incident. The Alpine County Airport is being used as a helibase and is closed to general aviation.

About 100 acres of Pinion-Juniper trees, sagebrush, and grass were burned from the fire, which sparked around 3 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.