CalFire and the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council are joining forces to protect residents from wildfire danger.
The two agencies are planning to take advantage of recent winter moisture to complete a series of burn projects this week.
“These projects are necessary to reduce the overgrowth of decadent vegetation that has occurred in that area which will help in protecting the watershed while reducing the fire threat to Lone Pine,” a press release from CalFire states.
CalFire said that, as long as wind conditions will favor smoke management and not greatly impact residents, it hopes to conduct burning operations today through Thursday, Feb. 16.
The fire agency has identified two project locations, one just north of Narrow Gauge Road and one immediately north of the Lone Pine Airport.
There are also several other burn projects planned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and local land holders who lease land from the LADWP. Each of those projects have been approved by CalFire, which has reviewed the burn plan and issued permits setting the boundaries of what can be burned.
“During the burning, smoke will be in the air, but part of the burn plan is to reduce the impact that the smoke might have on local communities,” CalFire said. “The burn program is subject to strict operational guidelines that must be met before the vegetation is ignited.”
CalFire said it does not have a specific plan for what areas it will burn and on what days, as the burns will be based on wind conditions.
The Lone Pine Fire Safe Council is funding the project.