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The Inyo National Forest plans fall prescribed fires

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avatar The Inyo National Forest plans fall prescribed fires
October 16, 2018 09:22AM
The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months. Prescribed fires will be conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within defined parameters to safely accomplish the project objectives. By prescribing fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces fuels that can feed a fire in unwanted conditions, reduces forest competition, opens gaps in the forest canopy for sunlight to shine through, and recycles nutrients to the soil for re-growth.

Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 158, 167, 120 and 203, as well as the communities of Bridgeport, Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Crowley Lake. All prescribed fire activities will be coordinated with Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to select prescription windows that provide the best smoke dispersal to reduce impacts to Eastern Sierra communities.

As specific projects become available and prescriptions are met, more detailed information will be released.
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