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Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Bryan Hellett/Cindy Thill
Phone: 760 376-3781 ext. 625
Hours: M-F 9:00-4:00

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Kernville, Ca….November 2017: Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects are scheduled this winter on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest.

February 5, 2018: Year to date totals, as of February 26, 2018: are : 1,078 "piles" and "20 acres broadcast burn" accomplished, on the three mountaintops.

1.The Kern Plateau Project: - Crews have completed 6 acres of brush piles within Troy Meadow Campground, the Blackrock Work Center, and Sherman Pass & Boone Roads.

2. ICE Prescribed Projects (Alta Sierra/Greenhorn)

3. Breckenridge Area.

Currently: Hazardous fuel piles are being burned on the Forest Service compound at the Greenhorn Summit Station.

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

Forest Service crews have been working in the areas preparing fire lines and cutting ladder fuels to prepare for burning this fall. Prep work is necessary to ensure the project work is accomplished safely and to provide control measures.

Engines, fire crews and a water tender are assigned to these projects.

Prescribed burn efforts will continue throughout the winter as weather, air quality and available resources permit.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginFriday April 06th, 2018 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationGreenhorn Mountains on the FS Summit Station compound.
Incident CommanderBryan Hellett
Incident DescriptionPile Burn On The Usfs Greenhorn Summit Station Compound.
Coordinates35.484 latitude, -118.619 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel8
Fuels Involved

Timber slash piles, consisting of beetle and drought killed tree piles.

Significant Events

No trail or road closures are anticipated. Smoke will be visible from most communities surrounding Isabella Lake.


Planned Actions

Perform hazardous fuel pile burns if weather and air conditions are met.

Projected Incident Activity

No burning presently 4/12/2018


***To date: 1,600 hazardous fuel piles have been burned** Prescribed burns this season, consist of some broadcast and some pile burning. Planned projects may be postponed, at times, until conditions become favorable.