The Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest and the north zone of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – Bishop Field Office are planning to implement several prescribed fire projects for wildlife habitat improvement and hazardous fuels reduction in the upcoming fall and early winter months. Smoke may be visible at times from Highways 395, 167, 120 and 203 as well as from the communities of Topaz, Bridgeport, Mono City, Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth Lakes and Crowley Lake.
Prescribed fire projects are expected to begin in mid-October with understory burning at several locations, including east of Hwy. 395 at Deadman Summit, along Owens River Road near Arcularius Ranch, and in the vicinity of Pilot Spring. Following the first fall snow storms, slash pile burning will be conducted, and is expected to continue into December or possibly January. Pile burning is planned on national forest lands in the Mono City area, in the vicinity of Pilot Spring, west of Hwy. 395 near Wilson Butte, along Deadman Road at Crestview Guard Station, and east of Hwy. 395 near Lookout Mountain. On BLM lands, slash pile burning is planned in Stringer Meadow and in Aurora Canyon near Bridgeport, and in Slinkard Valley near Topaz.
Prescribed burn operations will be conducted when weather and fuel conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives. For more information, contact Sue Farley, Interagency Vegetation Management Planner at (760) 924-5535.