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KRRD 2021 Prescribed Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Cindy Thill
Phone: 760 379-4839
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

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Unal Interpretive trail prescribed pile burn out today. It was mopped up at the end of shift yesterday


If weather, air quality and resources permit, the Kern River Ranger District will be continuing pile burning operations in the Alta Sierra area tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, 2021. The locations are off of Ice House Road, on 26 acres consisting of approximately 40 piles and  3 Machine Piles off of Windy Gap Road. John Lange will be the Rxb3. Crew 5, Crew 40, and E- 41/45 will be on scene to help with ignitions and mop up.  
Background information in the attached Jan. 2021, News Release:

News Release - January 28, 2021:  Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects are scheduled this winter on two mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest.

Projects will also be along the Kern River corridor and many Forest Service stations and work centers.  All projects are subject to meeting weather and air quality conditions. Burns may commence as early as next week. 

The Greenhorn Mountain projects are adjacent to the community of Alta Sierra and south of Shirley Meadow. The Penny Pines project will consist of 14 acres of pile burning.  Pile burning will also take place in the Black Mountain Saddle area.  Broadcast burns may take place off the Shirley Loop Road, southeast of Shirley Meadows. Fuel reduction in the form of mastication and several other piles burn areas will be taking place during 2021.

The Breckenridge projects consist of pile burning located in the Havilah Work Center's vicinity and sub-division and along the 28S06 Rd North of Squirrel Meadows.

The forest surrounding the communities of Greenhorn and Breckenridge are overly dense, have high amounts of hazardous fuels, and represent an increased risk of hazard. Fuel reduction activities will have beneficial impacts on health and safety in the project areas by reducing the risk of a stand-replacing fire and restoring natural ecosystems while improving public safety.

Forest Service crews have been working in preparing fire lines and cutting ladder fuels to prepare for burning this winter.  Prep work is necessary to ensure the project work is accomplished safely and to provide control measures.  The plan includes both pile and understory burning. Understory burns are controlled fires that consume surface fuels but not the overstory canopy.

The Kern River Ranger District expects to burn 300-500 acres this year in small units designed to minimize the effects of smoke on the community while reducing the potential for large, stand-replacing wildfires.

Acreage may change due to burning conditions.  Any broadcast burns will be performed in the fall.

Smoke will be visible from several communities surrounding Isabella Lake.  

Fire managers will work closely with the Eastern Mojave and San Joaquin County Air Pollution Control Boards to manage smoke production and reduce local impacts.

Prescribed burn efforts will continue throughout the winter as weather and available resources permit. We will make every attempt to broadcast individual burn days/locations as they commence.

Please contact the Kern River Ranger District Fuels Officer, John Lange, at (760) 376-3781, extension 656 for more information.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginThursday February 25th, 2021 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationWindy Gap Road, Alta Sierra on the Greenhorn Mountains.
Incident CommanderJohn Lange - Rxb3
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Burn Piles
Coordinates35.726 latitude, -118.678 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel22
Size26 Acres
Fuels Involved

Brush and limbs

Significant Events

Pile burning off the Ice House and Windy Gap Roads/Greenhorn Mountains.2 Crews,and 2 Engines will be conducting the burn.


Planned Actions

If weather, air and resources permits, plans are to burn 40 piles - within a 26 acre burn area.


Unal Interpretive trail rx pile burn out today. It was mopped up at the end of shift yesterday 2/23/21 and hand felt today everything is looking secure.