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Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX

Unit Information

Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Porterville, CA 93257

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Incident Contacts

Bryan Hellett
Phone: 760 376-3781 ext. 620
Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30

Cindy Thill
Phone: 760 376-3781 ext. 625

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


Firefighters and equipment are active along the roads.

Public and firefighter safety remain our #1 priority.

There will be no burning the week of February 11-15, 2019

Prescribed burning has ceased temporarily on the Greenhorn Mountains due to poor burning conditions

Kernville, Ca….February 2019: Hazardous Fuel Reduction projects are scheduled this winter/spring on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest, as well as various lower elevation burning near communities around Isabella Lake.

Wednesday, February 6th, fire crews are planning to burn in both high and low elevation locations. Location #1) Along Hwy 178 in the Lower Kern Canyon, between Democrat and Live Oak. The fuel in these piles consist of brush and drought stricken and/or beetle killed trees. Location #2) Breckenridge Mountains near Golf Meadow. Location #3) Boulder Gulch Campground and Location #4) 3/4 miles east of French Gulch.

Fire crews have accomplished burning 684 piles for 94 acres, at this time.

Forest Service crews prep fire lines and cut ladder fuels to prepare for burning during winter months. Prep work is necessary to ensure the project work is accomplished safely and to provide control measures. These pile burns will reduce fuels on the forest floor and bring resiliency to the forest landscape, making it better able to withstand the effects of wildfire, while removing some of the dead hazardous trees within the forest.

Fire managers work closely with the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District to manage smoke production and reduce any local impacts.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Hellett, District Fire Management Officer, (760) 376-3781, extension 620.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday February 04th, 2019 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationFour Locations: 1) Lower Kern Canyon off Hwy. 178 near Democrat and Live Oak. 2) Breckenridge-near Golf Meadows,3 miles from subdivision.3)3/4 miles east of French Gulch and,4)Boulder Gulch Campground
Incident CommanderAdam Sanders/Josh Acosta/Matt Ball/Richard Baker/Gilbert Hoffman/Mike Martinez/Geoffrey Gillespie
Incident DescriptionBurning Hazardous Fuel Piles In Both Low And High Elevations As Weather Permits.
Coordinates35.48 latitude, -118.726 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel46
Size684 Acres
Fuels Involved

Piled drought and beetle kill trees-

Significant Events

**Burning on Greenhorn Mountains has ceased temporarily due to poor burning conditions*


Planned Actions

Fire crews plan to burn up to 110 piles between the 4 locations.

Projected Incident Activity

Several locations will be treated by burning the piled hazardous fuels, during this winter, as weather and air quality permit.


** Piles equalled - 94 acres**These piles consist of drought, beetle kill, hazard clearance projects and standing dead trees from previous fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Prescribed burns will take place if current weather and air quality permit. Firefighters will attempt to get into Breckenridge on snowmobiles.