Pile Burning Smoke Visible In Oak Glen Area

Smoke may be visible in the Oak Glen area on Wednesday, January 9, due to pile burning east of the Oak Glen Conservation Camp. (File Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Oak Glen, CA – Smoke from pile burning may be visible in the Oak Glen area on Wednesday, January 9.

Firefighters from the U. S. Forest Service and CALFIRE will be burning slash and debris piles east of the Oak Glen Conservation Camp.

FUELS REDUCTION

The U.S. Forest Service reports the controlled burns are part of the on-going Oak Glen community protection fuels reduction program.

The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, appropriate conditions, and in coordination with the National Weather Service and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) before and during prescribed burns in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.

Fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation, and relative humidity that need to be present before the project begins.

When the criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers.

Signs will be posted along the roadways to alert passerby’s to the burning activity.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information, the public can call the Forest Service’s local offices to find out where burning is taking place:

  • Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center (909) 382-2790
  • Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851
  • Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922
  • Mill Creek Work Center (909) 382-2882
  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (760) 862-9984

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