Dust and smoke issues in the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

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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