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Prescribed fire update for week of May 20 through Memorial Day weekend

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Prescribed fire update for week of May 20 through Memorial Day weekend

BISHOP, Calif., May 21, 2024 — For the last two weeks, Inyo National Forest fire personnel along with supporting resources from neighboring forests have completed approximately 400 acres of prescribed fire operations on the Mono Lake Ranger District to improve ecosystem health and reduce hazardous fuels.

They plan to continue operations for the next several weeks on this district (Mono Lake), Mammoth, and White Mountain Ranger Districts, provided the units stay in prescription and staffing continue.

For the week of May 20, firefighters will continue burning at the “Hartley Unit” as long as favorable burning conditions persist, or all the Hartley Units are completed. Firefighters will then move on to the “Dry Creek,” “Earthquake,” or “Casa Diablo” units, depending on which units come into prescription and have enough staffing availability first.

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Since the time is now to complete as much of these projects as possible when resources are available, burning will continue through Memorial Day Weekend.

“Fire management personnel have been diligently working to restore forest health and resilience by responsibly reestablishing fire’s natural role in the ecosystem,” said Nathan Allen, Burn Boss Trainee for the project.

“We recognize the impacts this has on the public and we appreciate their patience and understanding while we manage this dynamic project and our efforts to improve their public lands for the greater good.”

Updates will be released as they become available via:


Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/inyo/alerts-notices

Smoke impacts are minimized as much as possible in coordination with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and National Weather Service meteorologists to ensure desired weather patterns and smoke dispersal are in place in order to minimize impacts to communities, highways, and adjacent residences.

Smoke will drift and settle into the valley areas, especially at night. This includes low-lying areas such as Highway 395, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Owens River Road, Crowley Lake and potentially Bishop. If necessary, smoke-sensitive individuals may need to take precautions to minimize smoke impacts.

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For more specific air quality information visit:

For a multimedia album of the 2023 prescribed burns conducted on Inyo National Forest, visit our Region 5 Pacific Southwest Region’s Flickr page at: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjANbk5

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