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Bluff Mesa RX

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San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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UPDATE, Sunday, June 9, 2019 - Due to air quality concerns, the burn scheduled for Monday has been postponed. Crews will try to identify any future safe and productive burn windows. An announcement here will be made if so.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - With snow just about melted away and the vegetation remaining moist, conditions are looking ideal to begin ignitions on the Bluff Mesa prescribed burning project this upcoming week. Fire crews plan to start ignitions on Monday, June 10, at the earliest. An earlier date for ignitions in mid-May was postponed due to late spring winter storms.

The purpose of the Bluff Mesa prescribed burn project is to create defensible space between open space areas and communities, as well as restoring a meadow. Crews are planning to treat 178 acres in an area to the southwest of Big Bear Lake, specifically to the north and south of Bluff Meadow (pictured). Other areas in the 867-acre project will be treated later in the year if conditions allow. Smoke will be visible in the immediate area and may even be seen from areas off the mountain.

The low-intensity prescribed burn will target needle cast and duff on forest floor. Lightning strike-caused fires historically frequented the area, but with fire suppression over the last century, the duff layer has built up. An unmanaged fire in the duff can reach the roots of trees, killing stands of them across an area. Fire crews have removed the duff layer around old growth trees, including the champion lodgepole pine, one of the world’s largest known of the species.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday October 01st, 2019 approx. 02:00 AM
LocationHighway 18 North of San Bernardino, CA
Incident CommanderUSFS
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates34.298 latitude, -117.273 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel400
Size105 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%
Fuels Involved

grass and brush

Significant Events

Wind Driven Wildland Fire

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High winds will continue through Friday afternoon

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