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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

John Lange, Fuels Battalion #46
Phone: 760 376-3781 ext. 656
Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30

Cindy Thill
Phone: 760 376-3781 ext. 625
Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30

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

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


Work is being carried out in and around parked fire equipment. Public and firefighter safety remain our #1 priority

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.

Per John Lange, Fuels Battalion: Yesterday (3/28/19) was the last day that burn operations will be conducted on the Boundary RX - Greenhorn Mountains/Alta Sierra. There will be residual smoke and the area will be in patrol status through the weekend. (3/29 - 3/31).

Fire Management personnel have been conducting prescribed pile burning on Greenhorn Mountains, this week, and plans are to continue, at least, through the end of March.The piles are along Highway 155, west of the Forest Service Greenhorn Summit Station, including below Slick Rock to the sand shed off Hwy. 155, and piles along Rancheria, and Alta Sierra areas.

Other sites (Boundary Prescribed Burn) are located of Hwy 155 east of the Summit Station on Alta Sierra Drive, above the private property on the forest boundary. 70 piles were treated 3/27/19 and plans are for an additional 50 piles, for 5 acres, Thurs., 3/28/19.
For information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fire crews have accomplished burning 700+ piles presently.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
CausePrescribed Hazardous Fuel Piles
Date of OriginTuesday April 02nd, 2019 approx. 08:00 AM
Incident CommanderJohn Lange, District Fuels Officer
Incident Description(at Times Burning May Take Place At Various Locations Around Isabella Lake On "lower Elevation" Piles,as Conditions Permit).
Coordinates35.715 latitude, -118.554 longitude

Current Situation

Fuels Involved

477 piles of hazardous fuels consumed as of 3/21/2019


Projected Incident Activity