Representatives of the Inyo National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Bishop Office briefed the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday about the fire outlook for this summer.

The presentation included what situations were like a year ago compared to what forecasts are looking like currently.

The briefing included regional fire conditions as well as Inyo and Mono county conditions.

As a real-time example of what the National Forest Service already is up against, Lesley Yen, the Inyo Forest Service supervisor, gave her briefing to county supervisors Tuesday from northern  New Mexico where she is assisting the agency fight New Mexico’s largest fire in the state’s history.

Yen said one of the focuses will be improving communication between the Forest Service and permit holders when it comes to forest closures. She said the plan is to have exemptions for necessary permit holders, such as for grocery stores and lodging establishments, in place before the closures begin to be implemented so there is as little interruption in services during the closure.

For more on this story, see the May 5 edition of The Inyo Register.

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