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Smoke/Haze Info from Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Board

  This year’s wildland fire/smoke season has impacted the Eastern Sierra late in what is now an extended fire season—similar to last year. As of late Friday morning, only Bishop and Mono Lake are rated as “unhealthy” for particulate matter from the Mosquito Fire burning in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. According to […]

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Inyo County Added to Air Quality Health Advisory for Tri-County Areas

  Air Quality Health Advisory for Tri-County Areas Affected Communities: Alpine County communities with the potential for impact to Mono County communities – Note: Inyo County has been added Smoke Source: Mosquito and Yosemite Fires Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District is issuing an Air Quality Health Advisory through September 10, 2022, based on […]

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Escaped Campfire Causes Wildfire in Mammoth Lakes

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — On Labor Day evening, September 5, a small fire broke out just north of the Mammoth Scenic Loop, named the Scenic Fire. The following day, investigators officially concluded the fire was caused by an illegal campfire that had escaped. As seen in the picture below, the area circled in yellow did […]

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Inyo National Forest is Hiring Firefighters! Apply By September 16, 2022

  BISHOP, Calif. – The Inyo National Forest is accepting applications on USAJobs for permanent, full-time and seasonal wildland firefighters from August 26 to September 16, as part of the Pacific Southwest Region’s centralized Fall Permanent Fire Hire event. Wildland firefighters respond to fires and disasters nationwide, operating specialized equipment in dynamic and complex environments, […]

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Wildland Fire Academy Defines Defensible Space

The fifth session of the Wildland Fire Academy dealt with what is probably the area of most concern for Eastern Sierra residents—what steps can be taken to protect your home in the face of wildland fires. The Academy, chaired by Mono Supervisor Bob Gardner, has been functioning as a wildland tutorial with experts from federal, […]

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Wildfire Education Academy Invites Residents to Join Virtual Session on Home Hardening and Defensible Space Projects August 15, 2022

  The fifth session of the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG) Citizen’s Wildfire Education Academy (Academy) will focus on “Home Hardening and Defensible Space Projects.” The session is scheduled for Monday, August 15th at 6:00pm. The session will feature guest speakers Yana Valachovic with the University of California Cooperative Extension, and Crystal Medhurst with […]

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Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality Impacts – Approaches to Reduce Exposure

  With the onset of wildfire activity in California, Alpine, Mono and Inyo counties are experiencing wildfire smoke impacts which are likely to continue this summer and fall.  Large wildfires often produce intense smoke that can pose serious health risks. The purpose of this communication is to provide detailed information on smoke pollution, focusing on […]

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Wildfire Education Academy Invites Residents to Join Virtual Session on Wildfire Management Plans and Policies

  The third session of the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG) Citizen’s Wildfire Education Academy (Academy) will focus on Current U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) 2022 Wildfire Management Plans and Policies. The session is scheduled for Monday, June 20th at […]

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Inyo National Forest and BLM Fire Restrictions Set to Increase in the Eastern Sierra Effective June 6

BISHOP, Calif. – The Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office will be implementing fire restrictions effective on all Federal lands under their jurisdiction starting Monday, June 6. Seasonal fire restrictions for the Eastern Sierra Region are being implemented in close coordination with other state and local county agencies. “Due to […]

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Land Managers Update Inyo/Mono Supervisors On Grim 2022 Wildland Fire Season Ahead

  The report on forest conditions should have come as no surprise to the Eastern Sierra. Moisture levels in the national forests are very low and dropping with wildland fires predicted to hit earlier in the season. The prospect of future forest closures is a possibility. As if to punctuate the situation, Inyo National Forest […]

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