INYO SHERIFF AND SAR: Do Not Take Part in High-risk Outdoor Activity in Inyo County

INYO SHERIFF AND SAR: Do Not Take Part in High-risk Outdoor Activity in Inyo County

INYO COUNTY, CA -- The Inyo County Sheriff's Office, on behalf of Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR), requests that people do not take part in high risk outdoor activities at this time.

Activities include backpacking, climbing, peak bagging, backcountry skiing, or anything that puts you at risk for potential rescue. If you get sick, lost or injured and require SAR assistance, the responding team of volunteers will have to break social distancing and State mandated isolation by sharing rescue equipment, radios, and vehicles. You will be potentially taking those rescuers out of service for weeks due to post-mission quarantine protocols.

In addition, many SAR teams, including ours, are operating at a diminished capacity due to many members self-isolating and not responding to operations due to age or other risk factors. Your preventable backcountry injury will also stress ambulance and emergency room services.

It is highly unlikely helicopters are available to assist in your rescue.

Inyo County Sheriff's Office DOES NOT own or operate any air assets, and our allied agency helicopters are currently operating at a very limited capacity. The public can access the complete Inyo County Order, issued March 20, 2020 at:  Please visit   for additional information about the Inyo SAR team, or to donate.

Please remember that the State's “Stay at Home” Order Applies to Travel for Recreation

On March 19, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newson ordered California residents to stay home. Under Gov. Newsom’s order, residents can only leave home for essential purposes. Inyo County officials want to remind the recreating public that travel at this time is not only discouraged, it is in direct violation of the Governor’s orders.

While we value our recreating public, it is essential that we work together to contain the spread of COVID-19. This request is an effort to mirror the intent of Gov. Newsom’s order and slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state while simultaneously decreasing the strain on limited rural healthcare and essential services.

For restrictions and closures on Public Lands in Inyo County, please see the Local Resources and Guidance section of this web page. 

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