Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX

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Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX


Approximate Location

35.707 latitude, -118.559 longitude

Incident Overview

Burn piles Alta Sierra

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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.

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.

ICE Prescribed Projects (Alta Sierra/Greenhorn): The Kern River Ranger District is planning on initiating the ICE Prescribed project on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. This project consists of both broadcast and pile burning. The first broadcast project is located south of Shirley Peak and Cook's Peak down to the Shirley Loop Road. The second broadcast project is off the Windy Gap Road near the Forest Service Greenhorn Summit Station. Pile Burns: Are located along the Shirley Loop Road and consist of log and slash.

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.

Multiple 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 OriginWednesday November 29th, 2017 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationBroadcast RX: 1)South of Shirley Peak & Cook's Peak, down to the Shirley Peak Road 2)Windy Gap Road near Forest Service Greenhorn Summit Station. Pile locations: Along the Shirley Loop Road, east of
Incident CommanderBC Bryan Hellett and Capt.40, Chris Scott (t)
Incident DescriptionDay By Day - Winter Prescribed Burn Plans.

Current Situation

Total Personnel40
Size20 Acres
Fuels Involved

1)Broadcast RX will include dead and downed logs, grasses & brush. 2) Mechanical piles are log and slash piles.

Significant Events

We have crews monitoring the 35 hand piles near Black Mt. Saddle, 4 machine piles on Shirley Loop Rd and the ICE broadcast burn area. With the forecasted weather and winds we will continue to staff and monitor these areas.


Planned Actions

Burning will take place ONLY if weather, air and resource conditions are met

Projected Incident Activity

Crews will continue burn operations only as weather, Air pollution districts and resources permit.


Expect to see lite smoke around the Kern Valley from the Shirley Peak / Cooks Peak area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

12/5/17: We will not continue these projects until conditions become favorable. (We are continuing to staff and monitor these areas).

Unit Information

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

Incident Contact

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

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