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Monday, February 6, 2012

CAL FIRE continues the Lone Pine Burn Project

CAL FIRE is planning to continue the Lone Pine vegetation management burn projects located north of the community of Lone Pine if conditions are favorable to conduct the prescribed burn and within the burn parameters of the permits. The Lone Pine Fire Safe Council is funding this critical vegetation management project. The first of three units is located approximately two miles north of Lone Pine and east of Highway 395. The 395 unit is about 40-acres and was partially completed last week. Burning the remainder of this area is expected to be completed this week. CAL FIRE officials plan to conduct burning operations on Tuesday, Wednesday and maybe Thursday, February 7,8,9, 2012. If the first burn unit is completed, burning will begin on the second CAL FIRE burn project located just north of Narrow Gauge Road, and the third CAL FIRE project, immediately north of the Lone Pine airport. There are also several other burn projects planned by the Department of Water and Power and local land owners who lease DWP land. These projects have been approved by CAL FIRE who has issued the permits and has set the boundaries of what can be done.

These projects are necessary to reduce the over growth of vegetation that has occurred in that area. The reduction of the decadent vegetation will help in protecting the watershed while reducing the fire threat to Lone Pine.

During the burning, there will be smoke in the air, but part of the burn plan is to reduce the impact that the smoke might have on local communities. The burn program is subject to strict operational guidelines that must be met before the vegetation is ignited.