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The Inyo National Forest will be conducting prescribed pile burning operations at the Whitney Portal area next week, as weather conditions allow.
Smoke may be visible at times from U.S. 395. Prior to burning, much consideration goes into current and forecasted wind direction in order to limit the effects of smoke on nearby communities and recreation sites.
These piles help thin and reduce fuels near communities that could fuel an unwanted fire during hotter and drier conditions and to restore fire-adapted ecosystem conditions.
This project is fully supported by direction in the National Fire Plan and the Forest Land and Resource Management Plan as amended by the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment.
For more information regarding this project please contact Rick Napoles, Fire Management Officer at the Mt. Whitney Ranger Station at 760-876-6205.