Lakes Basin Pile Burning
BISHOP, CA April 18th, 2022- Weather and air quality conditions permitting, fire crews on the Mammoth Lakes Ranger District will be pile burning in the Lakes Basin starting today and through this week as conditions permit. Crews plan to complete up to 209 acres of piles near Lake Mary and Twin Lakes area throughout the week.
Smoke will be visible from the Lakes Basin, Mammoth Mountain, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, Lake Mary Road, and Hwy. 203.
Crews create piles to remove ladder fuels, which are the branches and limbs that can carry fire from the ground to the canopy. This provides a safer area for firefighter response and reduces wildfire risk. Piles are typically burned in the winter months when it is safest to do so. Many of these piles have been under snow and not available to burn, so fire crews are taking advantage of this opportunity to continue pile burning in the Lakes Basin as they can.
As always, we thank you for your patience while this necessary work is completed for community protection and forest health.