Mono County Sheriff Reports One Death and Over 90 Structures Lost Due to the over 20,000 Acres Mountain View Fire
The Mountain View Fire began on November 17, 2020, just after 12:00 pm, in the community of Walker, California. The cause of the fire is not yet determined, but the erratic and high velocity winds quickly spread the fire into the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Within hours more than 90 structures burned, including several homes.
Over 20,000 acres have burned, displacing almost all residents in Walker and Coleville.
The Mountain View Fire is the largest and most destructive fire in Mono County in recent memory. The loss of life, homes and property is devastating to our community.
The State of California has proclaimed a State of Emergency for the Mountain View Fire.
Sadly, one community member died as a result of the fire. Sallie Joseph, age 69, was found in the debris of her burned home on Lone Company Road. Her family has been notified, and our hearts go out to them for their loss.
Most of Walker remains evacuated due to environmental hazards, lack of power and potentially compromised water supplies.
For those requiring shelter assistance, the Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) at Carson Valley Inn,1627 Highway 395 North, Minden, NV, remains in place.
Red Cross provides rooms for displaced residents. 170 people were sheltered on Tuesday night, and 127 people were sheltered on Wednesday night.
Current information can be found on the Mono County website: monocounty.ca.gov/
The Mountain View Fire link is continuously updated with resources, maps and useful links.
We know this can be a very difficult time for people dealing for this tragedy. If you or someone you know needs support or to talk to someone, please call Mono County Behavioral Health at (760) 924-1740.
Many have asked where and how to make donations. At this time, there is no more storage available for donations of food, clothing, or other household items; however, financial donations are gratefully being accepted. The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Mammoth Community Foundation (which is the charitable 501(c)(3) of the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce) and the Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce have partnered to Mountain View Fire serve as official ambassadors of the Mountain View Fire Relief Fund effort. Your contribution will assist those impacted by the Mountain View Fire by providing funds for immediate needs, including food, clothing, and shelter.
Go to mammothlakeschamber.org/ to donate. Alternatively, checks for the Mountain View Fire Relief Fund may be made out directly to “Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce,” and mailed to: NMCC, 106651 US HWY 395, Coleville, CA 96107. Please note on the subject line: “Mountain View Fire Relief.” Contact the Northern Mono Chamber at 530.828.0826 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Source: Mono County Sheriff Department