San Bernardino National Forest announces prescribed fire projects
By Gail Wesson
The San Bernardino National Forest has announced several prescribed burn projects in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains for the late fall and spring designed to improve forest health and reduce the threat of wildfire.
The projects will be carried out when environmental conditions, availability of personnel and equipment and weather forecasts permit, according to a forest news release.
Controlled, slow-moving fires and debris pile burns in various locations are anticipated to reduce accumulated fuel.
Officials consult the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the National Weather Service before and during projects to manage smoke and minimize impacts.
Typically, the agency announces start dates of individual projects and posts signs along roads to alert the public about burning activity.
Project locations include:
–In the San Jacinto Mountains, so-called broadcast burning is proposed on Thomas Mountain west of Highway 74 in Garner Valley, and debris pile burning near the Pine Cove fuel break, Westridge southeast of Strawberry Creek and west of Dry Creek, and pile burns near fire stations.
–In the San Bernardino Mountains, broadcast burning is proposed along the Santa Ana/City Creek area fuel break and around the community of Angeles Oaks.
There also will be debris pile burning along 2N13 and 2N68 fire roads to maintain fire roads and evacuation corridors, in the South Big Bear and Baldwin Lake project areas and near various fire stations.