This complex of about ten wildfires is burning northwest of Independence, California. U.S. Forest Service officials have just stated that many residents can now return home, even though only 8% of the fires are contained.
The two biggest of those fire are the Oak Fire burning west and north of Independence, and the Seven Oaks Fire burning west and north of Independence and in Big Pine Canyon.
The Seven Oaks Fire has charred about 28,000 acres. One other blaze, the Sage Fire has burned about 6,600 acres.
As of Sunday morning, this complex of fires is 8% contained. Fire crews face temperatures of 93 degrees, light winds and about 16% humidity in fighting the fires.
Due to this complex, the following areas have been evacuated:
- Baker Creek Campground
- Big Pine Canyon and its campgrounds
- Glacier Lodge
- Bernasconi Center
- North Fork of Oak Creek Canyon and the Oak Creek Campground
- Upper and Lower Grey's Meadow Campground
- Onion Valley Campground
- Seven Pines
- Independence Creek Campground
- Black Rock
- Mt. Whitney Fish Hatcheries
The residents who were evacuated Saturday afternoon were allowed back into their homes by 9 p.m. Saturday evening, and the evacuation center in Lone Pine Stathem Hall was shut down.
US 395 is open at this time, but is subject to close if necessary.
The roads up Big Pine Canyon, the North Fork of Oak Creek Canyon and Onion Valley Road remain closed to the public.
When conditions are safe, people will be escorted up Big Pine Canyon to retrieve their belongings.
Stay with KOLO 8 News Now for continuing coverage during the 2007 Wildfire Season.