Devils Postpile National Monument Plans Autumn Prescribed Fire
Mammoth Calif. – October 24, 2019 – Devils Postpile National Monument is planning to implement a prescribed fire project in the next several weeks. The 25 acre unit is located near the northwest boundary of the monument and will help to reduce hazardous accumulations of vegetation and fuels, reduce overall fire danger to firefighters and the public, build resilience to future catastrophic wildfires, and produce less smoke than severe wildfires.
Several trails may be temporarily closed during the burn and signage will direct hikers to detours as needed. Trails potentially impacted include the Minaret Falls Trail, and the section of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails between the Minaret Falls and King Creek Trails.
Smoke may be visible at times in the Reds Meadow Valley and from the Minaret Vista. All prescribed fire activities will be coordinated with the San Joaquin and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districts in order to provide the best smoke dispersion and to reduce impacts to Eastern Sierra communities. In addition, particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations will be measured on site during the burn. Visit https://app.airsis.com/USFS/Units/Details?custId=2&unitId=1052
for current conditions.
Prescribed fires will be conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within defined parameters to safely accomplish the project objectives. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. Prescribed fires are often conducted during the cool times of the year with the goal of creating healthier forests and wildfire resilient communities for today and future generations.