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Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX

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Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257

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Fire crews burning hazardous fuel piles in the snow at Greenhorn Summit off Hwy. 155Image options: [ Full Size ]


Public and firefighter safety remain our #1 priority-Watch for Smoke across Burlando Road.

This past winter, Kern River Ranger District fire personnel fell trees throughout the Kernville Golf Course, due to drought kill.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 crews chipped the piled slash from the felled Ash and Locust trees.

Today, May 22, crews will be burning the slash piles from the smaller limbs.

Smoke may be seen off of Burlando Road, (parallel with the burn sites), Kernville, Wofford heights and the east side of the Lake.

Point of Contact is Acting Deputy District Ranger, Marty Gmelin, Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, Extension 611, Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Fuels Officer: John Lange, Burn Boss: Ed Fulton and (t) Burn Boss Ryan Sampson.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
CausePrescribed Hazardous Fuel Piles
Date of OriginWednesday May 22nd, 2019 approx. 10:00 AM
LocationKern Valley Golf Course
Incident CommanderBurn Boss Ed Fulton, (t) Ryan Sampson
Incident DescriptionHazardous Trees Were Felled, On The Golf Course During The Winter. Firefighters Are Burning The Small Diameter Limb Slash.
Coordinates35.742 latitude, -118.423 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel50
Size10 Acres
Fuels Involved

Drought loss of Locust and Ash species.

Significant Events

Burn piles


Planned Actions

Ignite piles and monitor

Projected Incident Activity

Piles may continue to hold heat and put off some smoke through Thursday.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Light rain predicted

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