The Walker Fire is 95% contained as of August 26, 2015
Firefighters will focus on northwest flank of the fire today to determine if there are any threats to this remote section of fireline. Fire crews will also be working on removing hazard trees and snags along roads and other public access areas.
The following closures remain in effect. • The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed. • Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated and is closed to the public. • Aspen Grove Campground will be closed throughout the week as the Incident Command Post will be set up there.
Bear activity has increased not only in campgrounds, but in areas that do not normally receive heavy bear use.
Two extremely dry winters have decreased the available natural food sources for bears so they are looking for other food sources. While hibernating, bears enter a state of reduced body temperature, pulse rate, and respiration that conserves energy, but their "sleep" is not a deep one. Black bears leave the den periodically and continue to try to find food through winter.
WATCH FOR BEAR CROSSING ROADS!!
Bear are traveling out of their normal areas to search for food. Many have been hit and killed by vehicles. It can be difficult to see black bear at night. Slow down for wildlife!
STORE YOUR FOOD AND TRASH PROPERLY!!
Developed campsites have food storage lockers and bear-proof trashcans. Never leave food unattended at your campsite. For more information please contact the Forest Visitor Centers.