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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

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

Please slow down and use caution when driving near prescribed burn operations - fire fighter and public safety are our # 1 priority.

Kernville, Ca….November/December 2017-2018: Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects are scheduled this winter/spring on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest, as well as some lower elevation burning near communities around Isabella Lake.

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

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.

The pile burn project at Live Oak, Wofford Heights, is complete, accomplishing 260+ piles burned.
The pile burn project in & around the community of Riverkern is 95% complete, accomplishing 270+ piles (with a remainder of 30 piles).

The week of December 17th, if conditions are met, fire crews plan to burn the final piles (30) in the community of Riverkern and piles located at Road's End, 16 miles above the community of Kernville, between Mountain 99 and the Kern River. Visitors and residents will see smoke in Riverkern, Road's End and across those sections of Mountain Highway 99 PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING THROUGH THESE AREAS

These prescribed 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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginThursday November 29th, 2018 approx. 07:00 AM
Location2) Community of Riverkern and Road's End (16 mi above the town of Kernville).
Incident CommanderBurn Bosses, Danny Jones/Matt Ball
Incident DescriptionImplement Prescribed Burning Projects (hazardous Fuel Piles).
Coordinates35.701 latitude, -118.461 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel12
Size15 Acres
Fuels Involved

Limbs, brush

Significant Events

The pile burn project in Live Oak Campground, Wofford Heights has been completed. The pile burn project in Riverkern is 95% completed.


Planned Actions

The week of Dec. 17th, fire crews are planning to burn the remaining 30 piles in the community of Riverkern and hazardous fuels in the Roads End area, 16 miles north of Kernville along the Kern River.

Projected Incident Activity

Burn remaining fuel piles in Riverkern and Road's End.


Planned projects may be postponed, at times, until conditions become favorable. Conditions can include winds, temperatures and humidity changes.