Mono County burn today
March 1, 2016
submitted by the Inyo National Forest
Fire crews took advantage of excellent smoke dispersal yesterday to complete 120 acres of piles near Wilson Butte. A few acres remain, but crews wanted more snow to complete those.
Today, they hope to take advantage of the continued favorable dispersal forecast and they will shift operations to the Dry Creek Unit. This is west of Crestview Rest Area and along Deadman Road. There are 69 acres of piles remaining in the unit that they hope to complete them today. Expect to see smoke along Hwy. 395 and possibly from Mammoth Mountain.
Thinning and pile burning helps restore a healthy forest more typical of the Sierra Nevada. The forest used to be far more open and sunny with less trees per acre than is seen today. Thinning removes the ladder fuels for greater fire safety and reduces competition for water, sunlight, and nutrients among trees and plants.
cover photo, USFS File Photo