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Archive for May, 2011

Buttermilk Fire May 25, 2011

Posted by admin on May 25, 2011

The Buttermilk Fire was first reported to Interagency Dispatch at about 1:00 PM.  The smoke plume is shown below travelling north, as seen from Sunland Lane in Bishop at about 1:45. 
Buttermilk Fire, 1:45 PM, May 25, 2011

The Googe Earth image below shows the approximate location of the wildfire.

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Training Burn for FI-210 Class

Posted by admin on May 16, 2011

On Monday, May 16, 2011, the Inyo National Forest/BLM Bishop Field Office (INF) burned dry grass & weeds at the Bishop sewage pond area on Airport Road south of East Line Street (See Map: FI-210 Burn Location).  In a communication to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (District), the INF states:

“The purpose of the live training burn plots is for students taking the FI-210 Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination class to investigate real time wildland fires using indicators.  This class is a multi-Agency attendence which include; Mammoth Fire Department, Forest Service, BLM, Calfire, District Attornies, Inyo and Mono County Sheriff’s Department and several Fire Department from out of the area.”

5/16/2011, 1:23 PM

Although burns for the training of firefighting personnel are exempt from the  District’s smoke management requirements, this burn was done on a permissive burn day and with written approval from the District.  Small areas were ignited one at a time, reducing the smoke impact to the extent that it was barely discernable at East Line Street.

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Markleevillage Understory, 17 acres on May 4

Posted by admin on May 5, 2011

Yesterday, May 4, 2011, the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest burned 17 acres under their Markleevillage Understory Smoke Management Plan (SMP).   The photo below is looking SSW at the plume at midday, rising and dispersing away from the town of Markleeville.  (SMP is available for download and viewing under ‘2011 NEW Smoke Management Plans’)  Despite favorable uplope surface winds and easterly transport winds, it was an ARB-declared “Marginal” burn day.  Therefore, only half of the 34 acres in the SMP were approved for ignition.
 

Markleevillage Understory May 4, 2011



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