It's the time of year for controlled burns. Agencies that own lots of our land believe they should clear off brush and fuels that could turn into serious fires later in the summer.controlledburn.jpg

Monday, LADWP, along with CalFire, started a controlled burn project north and east of Big Pine. Smoke was visible from Highways 395 and 168 and even hazy into Bishop. DWP says about 250 acres will be burned over the next se3veral days. The agency also noted that precautions will be taken to keep smoke away from towns.

DWP will work to identify other possible prescribed burn areas for later this spring and summer.

Tuesday, the Forest Service will launch a major, controlled burn in the Casa Diablo area. Nancy Upham, Public Information Officer, said that in the next couple of weeks crews will burn off several hundred acres in the area. Last week, they burned about 30 acres in the Casa Diablo area.

Crews have also done some burning at the June Lake fuel break, piles east of Highway 395 north of Deadman Summit, and in northern Mono County, BLM has done some burning in the Rancho Rio Gulch.

Upham said that as the snow melts, the Forest Service will conduct protective burning in the areas of Smokey Bear Flats and the Owens River.

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