Horseshoe Fire burns west of Lone Pine

Staff Writer

Yet another fire has sparked on the Inyo National Forest this summer as fire crews responded to the Horseshoe Fire Tuesday.
The Horseshoe Fire is estimated to be 110 acres in size and is 10 percent contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however it appears to have been human caused.
The Horseshoe Fire began Tuesday afternoon near the top of Horseshoe Meadows Road, just east of the campgrounds near Last Chance Meadow.
By 8 p.m. Tuesday, the fire was listed at 25 acres in size with zero containment. The fire grew rapidly due to the terrain, wind and dry conditions. As the fire continued to grow, Horseshoe Meadows was put under mandatory evacuation. Cottonwood Lakes, Cottonwood Pass, the pack station, Thatcher Camp as well as all the campgrounds and trailheads were evacuated as hikers and campers were escorted out of the canyon. Lubkin Canyon Road and Horseshoe Meadows Road were both closed. No injuries were reported.

Caption: Smoke is seen rising above a ridge line Tuesday afternoon as a wildland fire burns in the Horseshoe Meadow/Cottonwood Lakes area southwest of Lone Pine. Sgt. Tim Bachman with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office maintains a road closure at Lubken Canyon Road and Horseshoe Meadows Road due to the fire.
Photo by Mike Chacanaca