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Prescribed Burn on Scenic Loop Starting 10/23


From Inyo National Forest

Weather and air quality conditions permitting, fire crews are planning the Dry Creek Prescribed Fire starting Tuesday, October 23. Crews are planning to complete 152 acres over two days. 

The unit is north of Mammoth Scenic Loop, south of Deadman Road, and west of Hwy. 395. The objectives of the prescribed fire are to reduce fuels for neighboring communities and to restoring the natural fire cycle in the Jeffrey pine forest.

Prescribed fires are planned with specific conditions for weather (temperature, wind, relative humidity) and fuel moisture to safely reduce fuels that will prevent fires during unwanted conditions.

Jeffrey pine are fire-adapted trees. They have a thick, fire-tolerant bark that can survive the frequent, low-intensity fires typical of this fire regime.

Smoke from this unit will be visible along Hwy. 395 between Mammoth Lakes and June Lake. Smoke will be visible from Mammoth Mountain. The Inyo National Forest works with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to select prescriptions that are favorable for smoke dispersal.

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