With spring conditions, fire crews have continued prescribed burning in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest.
In the northern part of the Monument, 30 acres of hand piles were burned near Buck Rock Campground, and 50 acres along Huckleberry Road (Forest Road No. 13S02). An additional 90 acres was completed on the east end of the Big Meadows road 14S11 near Horse Corral. For the last week of May the focus is burning along the Buck Rock road 13S04 from Buck Rock Lookout to the North, towards Burton Pass road 14S02. There are over 500 acres of hand piles on the Hume Lake Ranger District needing treatment by prescribed fire.
In the southern portion of the Monument 10 acres of hand pile burning was completed around Grouse Valley near Springville. Weather permitting, crews are burning hand piles and scattered debris along Mountain Road 50 near California Hot Springs, and along the North Road (Forest Road No. 21S50) near Ponderosa. Crews burned more than 25 acres along Mountain Road 50 and the North Road, with an additional 600 acres planned for future burning.
Multiple agencies are assisting the Forest Service in abating the hazardous dead trees across the Monument. Crews continue to fall dead trees along travel routes to protect the public. “I would like to thank our cooperators California Conservation Corps, Tulare County Fire Department, Southern California Edison, Caltrans, and CAL FIRE in assisting the Forest Service efforts to reduce these hazards along our roads,” stated Western Divide District Ranger, Eric LaPrice.
Forest Service fire managers coordinate their prescribed burning activities with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. “Together, we are increasing the pace and scale of ecological restoration, using prescribed fires to increase the health and resiliency of our forests and prevent catastrophic wildfires that produce unhealthy levels of smoke and endanger property and natural resources,” stated LaPrice.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Thursday April 26th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||Giant Sequoia National Monument|
|Incident Commander||Gonzales, Villa|
|Coordinates||36.159 latitude, -118.696 longitude|