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The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest and the North Zone for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Bishop Field Office are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and winter months, the forest service announced this week.
Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 120 and 203 as well as from the communities of Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Topaz.
Prescribed fire projects are expected to begin in October with understory burning near Pilot Spring, east of U.S. 395 at Deadman Summit, along Owens River Road near Arcularius Ranch, and at Crestview Guard Station.
Following the first fall snow storms, slash pile burning will be conducted, and is expected to continue into December or possibly January. Pile burning is planned on national forest lands in the June Fire area, in the vicinity of Pilot Spring, west of U.S. 395 near the southern June Lake junction, north of Indiana Summit, and south of Arcularius Ranch.
On BLM lands, slash pile burning is planned in Slinkard Valley near Topaz.
Prescribed burn operations will be conducted when weather and fuel conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives.
For more information, contact Sue Farley, Interagency Vegetation Management Planner at (760) 924-5535.