Forest Service resumes brush pile burns south of Banning
By Gail Wesson
U.S. Forest Service firefighters will begin two brush pile burning projects in the San Jacinto Mountains this week to take advantage of the winter weather pattern, according to a forest news release.
Such burns, a form of prescribed burning, are intended to help reduce the risk of wildfires affecting communities and watersheds.
Depending on weather conditions, the pile burns of shrub cuttings and tree branches may start on Monday, Feb. 12, at the Vista Grande fire station on Highway 243 in the mountains south of Banning.
The second project along the 215-acre Pine Cove fuel break, west and south of that community, may start after the projected two-day Vista Grande project. The larger Pine Cove project includes up to 3,000 piles of brush.
The public may check the status of the projects by calling 909-382-2711 or on the forest’s Twitter account: @SanBernardinoNF