The National Weather Service in Reno on Monday, June 17, posted a red flag warning for Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra through Tuesday evening, saying "critical fire weather conditions" will be in effect.
Southwest winds are projected to increase to 15 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts of 35 to 45 miles an hour, the weather service said.
Combined with humidity that could go as low as five to 15 percent, "will create critical fire weather conditions," the weather service said in its alert message.
The Lee Vining Community Center received a facelift this past week after a group of volunteers and a visiting group of firefighters turned the bare, brown grounds around the center into a beautiful, landscaped garden.
According to organizer Ilene Mandelbaum, the new space is now “a green and inviting place to visit, with lush flowers and well-mulched shrubs and trees,” instead of the wind-blown bare spot it was just a week ago.