MLFD to do fuel reduction in Shady Rest Parcel

Starting in early October members of the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department and Cal-Fire crews will be doing a large fuel reduction project in the Shady Rest parcel," Chief Brent Harper announced in a press release Tuesday.

This approximately 25 acre parcel is located in the general area south of Center Street and east of Manzanita Dr.

"This is an extreme fire danger area, and of concern for public safety," he said "The area is overgrown with trees and brush, and full of debris and garbage. People hangout and party in this area, we have found campfires, discarded cigarettes, and even make-shift shelters.

"If a fire were to start it could quickly gain momentum and threaten surrounding neighborhoods.

"The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Fire have been working closely with the firm that represents the investors in this property. Because this area is a serious threat to the whole community, the Town and Mammoth Lakes Fire, along with the owners, will be expending funds for the clean-up. By using Cal-Fire crews we can do this using the least expensive method possible.

"For the next several weeks you will see crews working in this area. They will be running equipment and felling trees, so please stay clear. We will work within 150' of the property boundaries over the next month. In the spring we will come back and clean the interior portions after completing the environmental study requirements. If you have any questions please contact Mammoth Fire Department at 760-934-2300.