smoky bridgeport photo

Bridgeport Reservoir on a smoky August Thursday last week. 

There is an increasing amount of smoke moving in and out of the Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra, even though there are still no local fires threatening communities or local resources. Instead, the increased smoke is due to growing wildfires north, west and south of the Eastern Sierra, including a new fire near Lake Isabella.

It can be hard to know what the best resources are to track down information usable for planning.The Inyo National Forest Public Information Officer Deb Schweizer recommends several sites (see below) because they are reliable and data-driven.

“We are getting lots of inquiries about how smoky it is,” she said Friday. “The answer is that is depends. Sometimes, prevailing winds carry the smoke out of the area, sometimes the smoke is settling in the valleys, and sometimes the prevailing winds bring smoke into the mountains. You should expect smoke in the area and plan accordingly and then be pleasantly surprised if the smoke is clearing.”

Here are some excellent webpages and resources to help you plan and get an idea of current smoke conditions, she said: 

• The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (our local District):

• Satellite imagery such as:

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