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Philip DeSenze joins Inyo National Forest

News release The Inyo National Forest is pleased to welcome Philip DeSenze as the new White Mountain District Ranger. Philip reported to Bishop on January 22, 2019. “I am excited to be here and get to know my staff, the community, and the forest,” said DeSenze. “This position comes with great responsibility and I am […]

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State of the Inyo National Forest

From USFS The State of the Inyo, current as of 10/23/18 Mono Lake Ranger District Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 w), Saddlebag Lake Rd., Hwy 120 E (Benton), Bodie (Hwy 270) Lundy Canyon June Lake Loop, Parker Lake Rd. Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon, Lower Lee Vining […]

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Update: Lost Fire at 50 acres

USFS press release The Lost Fire, located west of the Reds Meadow Valley in the John Muir Wilderness, is 50 acres and 0% contained. The fire’s growth is predominately to the west. Fire crews are making good progress constructing fireline to contain the fire, although they are working in steep terrain and areas with heavy […]

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Updates on Reds Meadow Road

Press releases Beginning Thursday, September 6th, the mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle from the Adventure Center at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area through the Reds Meadow Valley will end its daily service. However, due to the extremely limited parking available in the valley, the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) will run a complimentary weekend intervalley shuttle service […]

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Eastern Sierra Land Trust earns top recognition

Press release BISHOP, CA – Since its founding in 2001, Bishop-based nonprofit Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) has made its mark in the Eastern Sierra community by maximizing the power of partnerships. Now this collaborative approach is gaining national acclaim. The United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently recognized ESLT […]

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Updates on Lions, Ferguson fires

News release North Fork, Calif., August 16, 2018 – Last night the fire was flown by aircraft using infrared imaging to get an accurate location and intensity of the fire. This information will be utilized to make more accurate maps of the fire lines and help in making tactical decisions. Smoke conditions increased yesterday with […]

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Sunday update on fires

Lions Fire Update (News release) The Lions Fire saw 10 acres of growth yesterday and is estimated to be 4,277 acres and 92% contained. The fire is burning in the Cargyle Creek area, south of Corral Meadow, on the Sierra National Forest. The fire is burning in an area that has seen up to 50% […]

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State Route 168W to open tonight at 8

News release STATE ROUTE 168W (BISHOP CREEK) BISHOP -The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Inyo County Public Works and Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) would like to inform the public that SR 168W will be reopening this evening, July 27th, at 8:00 p.m. USFS will also be reopening […]

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Sinkholes force road closures in Bald Mountain area

USFS news release Bald Mountain roads near Crater Loop affected The Inyo National Forest has temporarily closed roads in the Bald Mountain area due to sinkholes that have made travel dangerous. This area is popular for off highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. The Bald Mountain Road (01S05) remains open. However, Roads 01S131, 01S131a and 01S131b are […]

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Update on Georges Fire

USFS news release Georges Fire The Georges Fire is a lightning-caused fire that started on July 8 north of Lone Pine, west of Manzanar National Historic Site, and south of Bairs Creek. The fire was actively suppressed along the Owens Valley to protect life and property such as Whitney Portal, Lone Pine, and Manzanar National […]

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