Pile Burning Today near June Lake Junction
By Arnie Palu
Friday, December 11th
The Inyo National Forest has announced crews will be burning piles today near June Lake. According to officials at the Forest Service, Fire crews plan to take advantage of the recent winter storms and westerly wind (for good smoke dispersal) to complete approximately 16 acres of pile burning near the June Lake Junction, east of Hwy 395. Smoke will be visible along the highway through the June Lake area.
Additional Pile Burning in Mono County is planned this winter along the 395 corridor. Earlier this week the officials announced that as weather conditions permit, the White Mountain Ranger District of the Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at sites located along the Highway 395 corridor around Crowley Lake from Tom’s Place and Sunny Slopes to McGee Creek this winter.
Fire crews will take advantage of any winter storms passing through the region to safely complete these pile burning projects.
Smoke may be visible at times from Highway 395 as well as from nearby communities. Prior to burning, much consideration goes into current and forecast wind direction to divert much of the smoke from communities and recreation sites.
The purpose of the burning is to reduce hazardous fuels and to restore fire-adapted ecosystem conditions.
The Inyo National Forest works closely with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District to select days that will provide good smoke dispersal.
Cover photo provided by the Inyo National Forest