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NFPA Urges Extra Caution When Preparing Your Feast This 2022 Thanksgiving

  NFPA urges extra caution when preparing your feast this Thanksgiving, by far the leading day of the year for U.S. home cooking fires As Thanksgiving nears, the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) urges added caution when preparing the holiday feast, as Thanksgiving Day represents the leading day of the year for home cooking fires. Between […]

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Wildfire Education Academy Invites Residents to Join Virtual Session on Insurance Concerns, Local Fire Departments, and Fire Safe Councils

  ESCOG Hosting Seven-Part Series Educating the Public on Wildfire and Preparedness MONO COUNTY, Calif. (October 4, 2022) – The final session of the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG) Citizen’s Wildfire Education Academy (Academy) will focus on “Insurance Concerns, Local Fire Departments, and Fire Safe Councils.” The session is scheduled for Monday, October 17th […]

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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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Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Turns its Monitors to Wildfire Smoke

  With extensive protocols to control wind-blown dust off the Owens Lake, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s attention, and monitors, are now turned toward tracking wildland fire smoke impacts across Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties. So far this fire season, which now is pretty much 12 months out of the year, those impacts […]

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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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