Vegetation fire scorches field

Staff Writer

Fire fighting personnel from Bishop Fire Department, CAL FIRE and Inyo National Forest responded to a vegetation fire just before 2:30 p.m. in a field along Rawson Canal north of E. Line Street at Johnston Drive. Firefighters from Bishop Fire Department E-4 were the first to attack the fire with a hand line from the north bank of the canal before wading into the water and across the canal to press the attack against heavy fire in a stand of cottonwood trees. While firefighters concentrated on knocking down the bulk of the fire in the burning trees, at least two spot fires erupted behind the fire equipment parked along the north side of the canal. The spot fires were quickly doused.