pile burns photo lakes basin

Fire crews use the remaining winter snow in the Mammoth Lakes Basin to ensure piles of brush and logs do not turn into a wildfire.

Fire crews will be burning up to 46 acres in the Mammoth Lakes Basin today, April 14, according to the Inyo National Forest. These piles are from a hazardous fuel reduction project designed to cut back on the amount of fuel on the first floor and canopy and slow or stop an incoming wildfire, if one arrives. "Crews plan to continue pile burning in the Lakes Basin for the next few weeks," the forest said in a recent news release. Smoke will be visible from Mammoth Mountain, the Community of Mammoth Lakes, and possibly highways 203 and 395. Weather and air quality conditions will be monitored throughout the project, they said. 

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