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Wildfires, Smoke, Toxic Air – Protect Yourself! Online Presentation Tuesday January 18th

In the Eastern Sierra and across the western United States, each year seems to bring more days of smoke-filled skies. That air does more than ruin your pictures of an otherwise beautiful view; it can damage your health. Doctor Margaret “Peggy” Lobnitz, a founding member of “Elders Climate Action” and an accomplished expert in air […]

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Smoke Impacts High on Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Board Meeting Agenda

When your job is to record bad smoke days, you have a different perspective than locals, like those in Owens Valley, who figure if they can’t see either mountain range, breathing will be an issue. Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s job is to log air quality, so its perspective was more optimistic. “It’s […]

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Inyo National Forest Moves to Stage II Fire Restrictions

Forest Service News Release Deb Schweizer, Public Affairs Officer [email protected] Twitter: @Inyo_NF Inyo National Forest moves to Stage II Fire Restrictions BISHOP, CA August 24, 2021 — Due to increased fire activity throughout California and the northwest, demand for firefighting resources, to protect natural resources and provide for public safety, the following acts are […]

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Lung Association Urges Californians to Create a Clean Room in Advance of Wildfire Season

American Lung Association shares tips to protect lung health as Southern California’s fire season approaches. LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2021) – Climate change is a public health emergency. Longer and more severe wildfire seasons due to rising global temperatures produce harmful smoke with far-reaching health impacts. In 2020, there was 57,000 wildfires in the U.S. […]

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Bishop’s and Mammoth Lakes’ Schools Forced to Close Because of “Very Poor Air Quality”

The smoke from the Creek Fire continues to degrade air quality in Mammoth Lakes and Bishop to unhealthy and hazardous, threatening the health of residents, students and visitors to the area as well. The following news release was posted on the Mammoth Lakes Unified School District website this morning, stating that “In-person programs closed due […]

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Inyo National Forest to remain closed for another week | 9 national forests will remain closed

Message from John “Pancho” Smith, Acting Forest Supervisor, Inyo National Forest” Good morning: Over the past few days, the Inyo National Forest has been looking at options to re-open the Forest in a modified manner and we have shared that tentative plan out to various permittees, recreation residences, and at the Creek Fire meeting yesterday. […]

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Creek Fire Update as of Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. | Town of Mammoth Lakes Community Meeting

The Town of Mammoth Lakes hosted a zoom update on the Creek Fire with representatives from all the involved agencies Tuesday evening.  CLICK TO WATCH. In a nutshell: Things are looking better than they did late last week as the northeast edge of the fire is behaving as anticipated. The enlarged and labeled topographic maps […]

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Air Quality Index Guide: Protect Yourself from Harmful Wildfire Smoke | Mammoth Lakes Air Hazardous

The current air quality index for the Town of Mammoth Lakes is 429 for Sunday, September 20. On September 14, 15, 16, and 17 the index topped out at 500+. The best link to what the quality index is in your community or zip code, visit:  Another local link is the Great Basin Unified Air […]

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National Weather Service | Lower Temps, but windy…not good for fire situation

The one thing that most firefighters will tell you is that they could do without is wind. Hopefully, things will not get completely out of control in what is turning out to be a devastating fire season here in California. How and where you can find the most complete weather information is at the U.S. […]

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