USFS press release

As weather and air quality conditions permit, the White Mountain Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest will complete prescribed fire projects at sites located along the Highway 395 corridor near Crowley Lake and Casa Diablo.

These prescribed fire units are east of Crowley Lake and are in the Jeffrey pine/sage/pinyon pine fuel type. The units are broken up into approximately 150-acre components to allow crews to use roads and other features for containment objectives and to limit smoke impacts near the communities.

Crews anticipate the project could start as early as Saturday, February 24th and continue over the next two to three weeks as conditions allow.

Fire crews will take advantage recent snow safely complete this project. The primary purpose of the burning is to reduce hazardous fuels for the nearby developed areas as well as to restore fire-adapted ecosystem conditions.

Smoke will be visible at times from Highway 395 as well as from nearby communities. It may settle into down-valley communities in the evening.

Prior to burning, much consideration goes into current and forecasted wind direction to divert much of the smoke from communities and recreation sites . The Inyo National Forest works closely with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to select days that will provide good smoke dispersal.

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