Pile Burning Project Near Fawnskin

Residents in the Fawnskin area should be aware that smoke from pile burning near the Fawnskin Ranger Station may be visible at various locations throughout Big Bear Valley. (File Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

By Michael P. Neufeld

Fawnskin, CA – Smoke from pile burning may be visible in the Fawnskin area on Tuesday, January 29.

Firefighters from the U. S. Forest Service will be burning slash and debris piles near the Fawnskin Ranger Station, according to the U.S. Forest Service release. Sm0ke may be visible in several Big Bear Valley locations.

FUELS REDUCTION

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

The release indicates that 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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