Each year the Cleveland National Forest conducts prescribed burns from December 2022 to May 2023, if weather and fuel moisture conditions permit. The objectives of the projects are to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to people and communities, create conditions which offer a safer and more effective wildfire response, foster more resilient ecosystems, and minimize the effects of large wildfires on the landscape. In fiscal year 2023, the Forest's target for fuels reduction is 6,900 acres. 2,400 acres of planned prescribed fire, and 3,500 acres of mechanical treatments which is a combination of mastication, cut and pile with chainsaws.
When implementing these projects, fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation and relative humidity that need to be present before the project begins. When the criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter and spring months as permitted by weather and other environmental factors.
|Current as of||Fri, 12/09/2022 - 11:16|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Incident Commander||Cleveland National Forest Fire Management|
|Incident Description||Trabuco Ranger District: Plans 500 acres around the communities of Lake Elsinore; Elsinore Peak, Rancho Capistrano Community, Ortega Corridor and El Cariso Village. Blue Jay and Falcon Campgrounds. Areas adjacent to North Main Divide rd. From Main Street Canyon down to Bald Peak near Bedford Road. Along with burning piles around the Corona Fire Station, Temescal Fire Station, El Cariso Fire Station, Silverado Fire Station, and San Juan Fire Station. Heavy smoke may be visible from the nearby communities of El Cariso Village, Rancho Capistrano, La Cresta, Wildomar, Orange County and Riverside County (Corona, Temescal Valley). Nearby roadways including Ortega Highway, South Main Divide, North Main Divide, Skyline Road, Bedford Road, Maple Springs Road. Also, the 91 Freeway will be visible along with I-15 and the 241-Toll Road.
• North Main Divide Fuel Break Broadcast Prescribed Fire is located along North main Dived and Skyline Road or Bedford Road. This broadcast burn consists of 218 aces of cut and piled Chaparral. North Main Divide units will be burned within the fuelbreak visible to the communities of Corona, Temescal Valley, Silverado Canyon and this site along the border of Riverside County & Orange County line. The units will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
• SMDGEC Broadcast Prescribed Burn is approximately 250 acres. The burning will be low intensity. Pile burning intended to reduce fuel loading for nearby communities. Units are located near El Cariso Village, Rancho Capistrano, South Main Divide and Elsinore Peak.
• Trabuco Admin Pile Burns are located at all Forest Service Fire Stations and campgrounds or Admin Buildings. These admin sites are located in; Corona, Temescal Valley, Wildomar Silverado Canyon, Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano. The units consist of cut and piled chaparral and small diameter trees. The piles will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
Palomar Ranger District: Plans between 800 and 1,100 acres in 2023, prescribed fire operations will take place in the areas of Fry Creek/ Palomar Mountain, Aguanga Ridge, Warner Springs, Ramona near San Diego Country Estates/Barona Mesa, and various administrative sites to include Goose Valley Fire Station, Pine Hills Fire Station, Oak Grove and Dripping Springs Fire Stations. Smoke may be visible from the nearby communities of Palomar Mountain, Warner Springs, Henshaw, Sunshine Summit and Ramona near San Diego River Gorge Trailhead, Four Corners and Barona Mesa. Nearby roadways including Palomar Divide Road 9S07, High Point Road 8S05, East Grade, Canfield Road, Conifer Road, Lost Valley Road, Four Corners, Westside Road, Ramona Oaks and Hwy 79 between Hwy 76 and Hwy 371.
• Palomar Fuelbreak Broadcast Prescribed Fire is located along Aguanga Ridge accessed by Palomar Divide Road. This broadcast burn consists of 190 aces of cut, scattered Montane Chaparral. Aguanga Ridge units will be burned within the fuelbreak visible to the communities of Warner Springs, Henshaw, Palomar Mountain and Sunshine Summit. The units will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
• Fry Creek Broadcast Prescribed Burn is approximately 100 acres. The burning will be low intensity understory burning intended to reduce fuel loading on dead and down trees in addition to the timber litter understory and cut/piled slash material. Units are located near West and South of Fry Creek Campground, East of Doane Valley and Observatory Campground Southwest of Palomar Observatory.
• Palomar Mountain Pile Burns are located on Palomar Mountain from milepost marker 6 on East Grade, Jeff Valley near Conifer Road, South and West of Fry Creek Campground, Palomar Divide Road to Morgan Hill and East of Pauma Reservation. The units consist of cut and piled montane chaparral and small diameter trees. The piles will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
• Ramona Fuelbreak Pile burn units are located southeast of Ramona, San Diego Country Estates. Access off Ramona Oaks, Thornbush, Four Corners, Barona Mesa, and Westside Road. The fuelbreak area consists of 232 acres cut and piled Montane Chaparral. The piles will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
• The North District Pile burning will be conducted along Lost Valley Road and Palomar Divide Road from Hwy. 79 to Deer Flats. The fuels consist of 120 acres cut and piled Montane Chaparral. The piles will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
Descanso Ranger District: Plans between 500 and 800 acres. Piles will be burned within a fuel break around communities. Piles consist of cut and piled chaparral and coastal sage scrub. The piles will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit. Smoke may be visible from the nearby communities of Alpine, and Mount Laguna. Nearby Roadways: Sunrise Highway, Interstate 8 between Dunbar and Crestwood exits, Victoria Lane, Anderson Truck Trail, Viejas Creek, Star Valley, and Alpine Blvd.
• The Alpine Fuel Break is located on the outskirts of the community of Alpine. Piles will be burned within the fuel break on the East and South-East side of the community of Alpine. The area consists of cut and piled chaparral and coastal sage scrub. The piles will be burned in blocks as weather and conditions permit.
• The Prescribed burning on Mount Laguna will be conducted in several different areas along Sunrise Hwy. The fuels consist of cut and piled montane chaparral in some units and timber litter in others.
Residents in the area should call their local district office for more information on burn projects.