Smoke Visible in North County Due to Pile Burning; More to Come

Staff Writer

The smoke hovering over northern Mono County is likely due to a series of prescribed burns done by the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest fire crews, who began pile burning recently and will continue to do so through May, weather and fuel conditions permitting.

Roughly 65 acres of pile burning is planned in the China Camp Sage Grouse Habitat Improvement and Fuels Reduction Project area 15 miles northeast of Bridgeport. The project area is located in China Camp off of Forest Service Road 028 (Hawthorne Cutoff Road).

An additional five acres of pile burning will take place within the Twin Lakes Fuels Reduction Project area 12 miles southwest of Bridgeport. These piles are located off of Forest Service Road 018 (Twin Lakes Road) on the southwest side of Upper Twin Lakes.

Prescribed burns are a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels (overgrown vegetation). Prescribed burns can help decrease the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreak; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife habitat. Another benefit resulting from prescribed fire is a reduction in wildfire danger to local communities.

Please do not call 911 about burning in the areas referred below. Local law enforcement is aware of these burning activities.

For prescribed fire information, please call Anna Belle Monti, Fuels Forester at 775-884-8103.