Update (Sunday, May 19, 2019) - Due to the current storm system and resulting moisture on the ground, the Bluff Mesa prescribed burn has been delayed. Crews will re-evaluate and return this spring when and if conditions are safe and productive. An announcement will be made if a new date is determined.
Original Notice - To help create defensible space and restore a meadow, crews are planning to treat 178 acres in an area to the southwest of Big Bear Lake beginning Monday, May 20. The area targeted is to the north and south of Bluff Meadow. 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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Incident Commander||Thad Chavez (Burn Boss), U.S. Forest Service|
|Coordinates||34.22 latitude, -116.974 longitude|
Needle cast and duff layer
The latest storm system has postponed plans to begin ignitions on Monday, May 20, 2019.