The Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Inyo National Forest have announced that fire restrictions put into place for the Eastern Sierra this summer will be rescinded today.
Recent rain and snow, combined with increased humidity, shorter days, and cooler night time temperatures have prompted the land management agencies to lift the fire restrictions put into place earlier this summer. Taro Pusina, Inter-agency Fire Management Officer for the Bishop Field and Inyo National Forest, urges the public to keep fire safety in mind to avoid resource and property damage.
A campfire permit is still required for those camping outside of developed campgrounds and can be obtained at visitor centers or online.
Important fire safety reminders for outdoor activities on public lands include:
Prevent vehicle related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread, and checking your brakes for over heating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing.
2. Use of exploding targets, including Binary Explosive Targets, while recreationally shooting is both a fire hazard and illegal. Use of tracer rounds while target shooting is also a fire hazard and illegal. The use of steel-core ammunition, although legal, can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.
3. Motorcycles, ATV’s and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.
ADVANCED HUNTER EDUCATION CLINICS FOR 2017 – NOW ONLINE
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has begun to schedule for the 2017 advanced hunter education clinics. So far, next year’s roster includes Wilderness First Aid, Wild Turkey Hunting, Deer Hunting, Big Game Packing and Land Navigation. Some spaces are also still available for the few remaining 2016 clinics ( Wild Game Cooking, Waterfowl Hunting, Wilderness First Aid, and Wild Pig Hunting).
More clinics will be scheduled in the coming weeks, including three that will be offered for the first time: Wilderness Survival, Hunting with Air Guns and Game Processing.
Hunting clinics are beneficial both for new hunters and those who just want to try something new. A typical clinic might cover a range of topics including natural history, biology, hunting opportunities, applying for hunts, game care and game processing.
Clinics are open to students of all skill levels and ages, from beginner to advanced. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All clinics are free, but participants must pre-register. Space is limited in each clinic and signups are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Classes will be added to the schedule throughout the year, so check frequently. Clinics will open for registration approximately three months prior to the class.
For more information, please contact Lt. Alan Gregory at 209-274-9923.
The El Portal Road (Hwy 140) within Yosemite National Park will reopen this evening to all vehicular traffic at 7:00 pm this evening. The road closed yesterday afternoon due to a rockfall, which resulted in several large boulders falling and landing on the road. There were no injuries associated with the rockfall.
Road crews in the park have been working throughout the day to blast the fallen rocks, clear debris, and ensure visitor safety in the rockfall area.
Visitors are urged to use caution when driving through the rockfall area.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.
Beginning today, the Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center and out-buildings will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The exhibits inside a World War II-era mess hall and two reconstructed barracks will be open the same hours. The historic site itself remains open from dawn to dusk, and visitors are welcome to walk to drive the square mile site to see Japanese rock gardens, the cemetery, a fire shed, and other features.
The Manzanar Visitor Center features 8,000 square feet of exhibits, a 22-minute award winning introductory film, and a book store operated by the non-profit Manzanar History Association. The reconstructed barracks offer award-wining exhibits highlighting the personal experiences of individuals, families and communities incarcerated at Manzanar over 70 years ago. Those exhibits feature extensive photos, documents, and quotes illustrating the challenges and changes people faced at Manzanar. Six audio stations and one video station feature a total of 42 oral history clips.
Park rangers offer special programs throughout the year. Schools and groups may request program reservations by calling 760-878-2194, ext. 3333 at least 30 days in advance.
Bishop’s JV team wins. That’s what they do all year long. This victory was tight. With the score knotted at ZERO-ZERO going into the 4th quarter, Wesley Pettet changes the score and the outcome of the game with a rushing TD AND the 2 point conversion. Bishop wins 8-0 !!
A defensive game requires defensive pictures.
Tian DeBeaupre with 2 of his tackles in the backfield for losses.
Cal City scored first, Cal City scored last, but the game was won by the Bishop Broncos. Besides a very sluggish 4th quarter by the Broncos which let Cal City drop 20 points on them, the Bishop boys prevailed by a final score of 34-28. Cal City came out of the blocks firing and scoring on their first drive of the game. With an 8-0 lead within the first 5 minutes, this was the only time they would see the end zone until the 4th quarter. Then QB Ryan Graves and company took over.
The offensive game was going great with a score of 21-8 Broncos at halftime.
Defense has been solid all year. With Lorenzo Parra out from injury the “D” stepped up to keep the Ravens out of the end zone through the third quarter.
Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District is actively seeking candidates for it’s 2017 Fire fighter Academy. MLFPD is a combination department, meaning that a large portion of the department’s ability to respond on incidents is dependent on it’s part-time and paid-per-call staff.
The academy offers individuals the opportunity to serve their community while learning the skills of an All-Risk Firefighter. Completion of the Academy enables the recruit the ability to work towards a part-time Firefighter position, or to serve as a paid-per-call firefighter. Benefits include competitive pay, retirement program, life insurance eligibility, and flexible work hours. Academy details can be found at www.mlfd.ca.gov or just stop by Fire Station #1 at 3150 Main Street. Also, for more information, interested individuals should attend the Academy Candidate dinner at 6:15 p.m. November 3rd or 10th.
Bishop’s Public Works Department has announced a new City Park Path Construction Project. Construction of a new paved path in the front of the Bishop City Park is expected to start in about two weeks and expected to take about three weeks to complete. Use the front part of the park including the restrooms will be affected during construction.
The path will be six feet wide and about 200 feet long and will extend from the bridge over the South Fork of Bishop Creek nearest to the Bishop Chamber of Commerce to the restrooms near the southwest corner of the pool. In addition, a new path to the pool will be constructed and a paved area will be provided for a planned bike-share facility, a drinking fountain, and a kiosk.
Substantial funding for the $61,000 project comes through a Partnership to Improve Community Health or PICH grant from the Toiyabe Indian Health project. Toiyabe’s support for this project is essential to the project’s success. The contractor on the project is Clair Concrete of Bishop.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at 760-872-8458.
Off highway vehicles will soon have some new routes. In January 2015, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved designation of seven combined use routes for certain off-highway vehicles. Three of the routes were open to the public in July and August 2015. the next four routes in the Bishop Area will be opened next month. The county has set up a website to collect input (including feedback, suggestions, and/or complaints) and is also conducting field surveys including operational data. Information gathered will be included in a report to the State Legislature in December of 2019.
Inyo County will be collecting data over the life combined-use routes and requests continuing public input. To learn more about the project, to view maps as the routes are open for public use, and to provide feedback, please visit www.inyoltc.org/ab628lmpl.html.
For additional information or questions please contact the Public Works Department at 760-878-0207.
Smoke continues to come across the Sierra Crest into Lone Pine. It’s due to the Jacobson fire which was discovered on Thursday, October, 20th at 5 p.m. As of last night, the Jacobson fire located in Sequoia National Forrest, in the Golden Trout wilderness, had burned nearly 1300 acres and is still at 0% containment.
Fire managers continue to evaluate the best fire suppression management tactics while ensuring firefighter and public safety. Crews plan to use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), using old burn areas, rock outcroppings, existing trails, and open areas of sparse fuels to confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.
To protect Forest visitors, The Sequoia National Forest has issued a Closure Order for trails in the immediate area of the Jacobson Fire.
Trails south of Wet Meadows and Coyote Pass
The Summit Trail (31E14) is closed from Summit trailhead to Sheep Mtn.
The area north of the Wilderness boundary is closed between the Summit trailhead and just west of Trout Meadows.
The trail that leads west of Trout Meadow to Coyote Lake is also closed
Backpackers who plan to obtain a wilderness permit for an overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness north of Summit Trailhead should contact the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607 (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) for assistance.