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Kern River Ranger District Prescribed RX

Unit Information

Sequoia National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1839 S. Newcomb St
Porterville, CA 93257

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Incident Contact

Cindy Thill
Email: cindy.thill@usda.gov
Phone: (760) 376-3781 ext. 625
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

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  Hazardous Fuel Reduction Plans for the week of March 16-20, 2020

Per John Lange, District Fuels Management Officer, Kern River Ranger District: 

Preparation work has started on the Shirley Loop broadcast burn on Greenhorn Mountain, located just south of the Shirley Meadow Ski Area with plans to burn approximately 67 acres this week.  This prescribed burn has been divided into manageable pieces, from 30-100 acres.  (Plans call for 350 acres total within this area). 

There are pile units remaining on Greenhorn (Ice house Road-24 acres) that could be put into place should conditions permit this week, as well.

These prescribed burns are designed to protect the community of Alta Sierra from catastrophic wildfire by consuming the excess unburned fuels in the understory, raising the canopy base height to lessen the potential for a wildfire to transition to a crown fire, and providing more space for currently suppressed trees in the understory. 

Units will be burned if conditions are met, including smoke dispersal, weather conditions, fuel, and access.

 Be advised smoke will be visible from most communities surrounding Isabella Lake.  Use caution when driving.

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           Further information can be found on the original News Release below dated 10/16/2020

KERNVILLE, Calif., October 16, 2019 - Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects are scheduled this winter on three mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest. Prescribed fires will be conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within defined parameters to safely accomplish the project objectives. 

Burning may also occur intermittently at Forest Service Administrative sites - Fire Stations, Ranger Stations.

Fire managers work closely with the Eastern Kern and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Districts to manage smoke production and reduce any impacts.  The fuels reduction projects may commence as early as next week.

The objectives of the fuel reduction projects are to make conifer forest and other associated wildlife habitat more resilient to wildfire through the reintroduction or managed fire into the ecosystem, reduce hazardous accumulations of vegetation and fuels, reduce overall fire danger to firefighters and the public, and to build resilience to future catastrophic wildfires.

Impacts to the local communities and forest visitors include visible smoke from most communities surrounding Isabella Lake, as well as the California Hot Springs and Glennville areas. The Kern Plateau burning will be visible to those traveling across Sherman Pass Vista and into Kennedy Meadows. There may be temporary “as needed for public safety” closures on the Unal Trail located on Greenhorn Summit and various forest roads.

Prescribed burn efforts will continue throughout the winter as weather and available resources permit. Check https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ when burning commences for current information. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationVaries-see summary.
Incident CommanderJohn Lange, District Fuels Mgmt. Officer
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burning Of Hazardous Fuels
Coordinates35.75 latitude, -118.502 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel40
Size67 Acres
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, accumulated ground fuels, and piled limbs from beetle and drought killed trees.**See images tab- and forward through 3 pages of images**

Significant Events

Plans are to broadcast burn within Shirley Loop on the Greenhorn Mountains, located just south of the Shirley Meadow Ski Area. Tentative plans are to burn 67 acres this week. This prescribed burn has been divided into manageable pieces, from 30-100 acres. (Plans call for 350 acres total within this area when complete).

Plans may also include the burning of piles remaining on Greenhorn's Ice House Road, west of Alta Sierra. (24 acres of piles).

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue burn broadcast and/or piles as conditions permit.

Remarks

These prescribed burns are designed to protect the community of Alta Sierra from catastrophic wildfire by consuming the excess unburned fuels in the understory, raising the canopy base height to lessen the potential for a wildfire to transition to a crown fire, and providing more space for currently suppressed trees in the understory.