Wind-Driven Brush Fire Grows to 2,250 Acres Near Bishop; Containment Increases to 15%

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Firefighters gained ground Monday against a wind-fueled fire burning in rural Inyo County, reporting some containment for the first time in their daylong firefight.

The so-called Pleasant fire was 15% contained late Monday morning, according to a CalFire brief. Though fire officials initially guessed the blaze had scorched 2,800 acres, they later downgraded that number to 2,250 acres, citing more accurate mapping.

About 400 firefighters worked to contain the fire, which broke out Sunday afternoon near the Pleasant Valley Reservoir and Highway 395. But Monday’s forecast — specifically, the potential for stronger winds — has fire officials keeping a wary eye on the day ahead.

“We are anticipating more wind activity, so that does slow some progress down,” said Cathey Mattingly, an information officer for CalFire.

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