SLASH & PILE BURNING: Smoke Visible Along Highway 38/City Creek Road

Smoke may be visible on Highway 38 due to slash/pile burning operations at Station 38 in Highland. (File Photo by

By Michael P. Neufeld

Mountain Communities – The U.S. Forest Service is burning slash and debris piles at Station 38 in Highland. Smoke may be visible along Highway 38/City Creek Road.


The Forest Service reports 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.

Pile burning helps reduce fire danger in the mountain communities. (File Photo by

Forest Service spokesperson John Miller has indicated that 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.

Miller further explained, “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.