Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb Street
Porterville, CA 93257
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT
WESTERN DIVIDE RANGER DISTRICT
Forest Prescribed Burning Activities Continue as Conditions Permit
SPRINGVILLE, California, May 31, 2017 – Forest fire managers accomplished more than 315 acres of prescribed burning over the past five days on the Western Divide Ranger District in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest.
Near Black Mountain and Solo Peak, crews burned 130 acres on the Tule River Reservation Protection Project. Scattered slash from felled hazard trees and heavy dead and downed material were consumed by the prescribed fire in the Black Mountain Giant Sequoia Grove.
Near the community of Ponderosa, 185 acres covered with scattered hand piles and slash from felled hazard trees plus accumulated heavy dead and downed material was burned in the Ponderosa Urban Interface Project.
Smoke production from both prescribed fires was minimal, but visible from the adjacent local communities and visiting public. Prescribed burning is scheduled to continue when weather and smoke dispersion are favorable. Both prescribed fires will remain staffed with fire personnel until they can be declared out.
Prescribed burning began yesterday in a new location, Upper Grouse Valley near Springville. “An estimated 150 acres of hand piles was created by felling hazard trees and piling slash to reduce risks associated with wildfires,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. “This was accomplished through a combined effort by crews from Sequoia National Forest and the California Conservation Corps.”
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Thursday May 25th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Incident Description||Rx Burn Needed To Reduce Fuels|
Scattered slash from felled hazard trees and heavy dead and downed material
|Projected Incident Activity|