Smoke Above Lakes Basin Due to Burning Piles for Wildfire Prevention

Staff Writer

The smoke you see in the Lakes Basin and above Mammoth Meadow area today, Nov. 6, is due to the U.S. Forest Service burning some piles of dead and dry brush and branches that were piled up over the summer and last year. The piles are burned once the first snow arrives, which makes it almost impossible for the burning operation to start a wildfire. The first unit is north of the lake and near Lake Mary Pack Station and the second area is east of Twin Lakes. According to the forest, "Thinning reduces wildfire spread and intensity by removing surface and ladder fuels that crews pile to be safely burned in the winter months. This creates an environment where firefighters can more safely respond to later fire events."