Downed trees – public danger in Lakes Basin

By: Nancy Upham, Inyo National Forest


Downed and unstable trees pose serious public hazard. (Photo by Spencer Myers, Mammoth Lakes)

December 1, 2011 – The winds that blew throughout the state Wednesday night brought down approximately 300-400 trees in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. Most of the trees were located in the vicinity of the Mammoth Lakes Pack Station. Many of the uprooted trees have not completely fallen to the ground, but rather are leaning on other trees or other blowdown. Due to this hazardous situation, and the fact that the winds are still blowing, the Forest Service has temporarily closed off portions of the area with yellow “Restricted Area” tape and closure signs.

At this time the Forest Service is highly discouraging pedestrian traffic in the Lakes Basin.

Unfortunately high winds are predicted for the next several days, so until they subside the Forest Service cannot safely go into the Lakes Basin to do a full assessment of the damage, and begin to clean it up. Forest Service engineering crews and equipment will be made available next week to begin the clean-up work once it is safe to go into the area, weather permitting.

At this time damage assessments are being conducted throughout various areas of the Inyo National Forest hit hard by the high winds. The Forest Service encourages the public to report observations of damaged property, trees across roads or trails, or downed utility lines. It is important to stay clear of areas where it appears damage has occurred and to report it to the Forest Service as soon as possible.

For more information please call the Mammoth Welcome Center at 760-924-5500.

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
11 years ago

If the USFS were to allow residents…of Mammoth Lakes….with chain saws….. into this area of fallen and leaning trees,they would have TWO jobs to do before the spring thaw….one job to remove the trees…and another job to remove the arms,legs,fingers,toes,and other body parts before allowing the public into the area… Read more »

12 years ago

natures timber sale..

12 years ago

Wooding should be GREAT this year!