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

Whitaker Rx in Sequoia-Kings NP

Posted by admin on June 22, 2012

Yesterday afternoon and evening, the Owens Valley experienced some haze from both windblown dust (Lone Pine and Independence), bourne on south winds, and in smoke from the initiation of Sequoia-Kings National Park’s 504-acre (planned ) Whitaker prescribed burn.  From satellite imagery, it appears that the smoke came into the valley mostly through Kearsarge and Bishop Passes.  Burn managers began yesterday by blacklining the perimeter and hope to complete the interior of the burn in the next 2-3 days.  The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District is relaying smoke observations to the burn managers and will only ask them to curtail operations if the impacts approach the 24-hour average standards for particulate matter.  Below is an image from yesterday afternoon taken by a webcam near the burn.

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