Nine Campgrounds Evacuated in California Fire

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July 20, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

logoAuthorities say a lightning-sparked wildfire in the Inyo National Forest near Bishop, Calif., has surged to 2,000 acres and forced the evacuation of a small community and nine campgrounds. 

U.S. Forest Service Spokesman John Louth says the fire burned aggressively in 100-degree heat on Sunday (July 19) after it started Saturday, according to the Associated Press

Louth says the town of Aspendale – a collection of vacation homes with about 150 people when all are occupied – has been evacuated, along with the campgrounds. 

The fire zone is located southeast of Yosemite National Park. 

Louth says about 200 firefighters with help from five air tankers and two helicopters fought the fire in difficult-to-reach terrain on Sunday. 

The fire was about 10 miles west of Bishop, a city of about 3,500, but Louth says the blaze was not burning in that direction.

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