CAL FIRE Helping to Reduce the Fire Risk in the San Bernardino Mountain Communities

Cal Fire Sawmills Fuels Reduction Site – Contributed Photo


By Susan A. Neufeld

Twin Peaks – CAL FIRE will begin to implement the Sawmill Fuels Reduction Project throughout this winter and early spring. The 120-acre project is located on California Department of Fish and Wildlife property, near Grandview Road and Sawmill Road, in Twin Peaks, California.

The project is in a mixed conifer-oak forest, with intermixed brush. “The project goal is to reduce wildfire risk to nearby homes in State Responsibility Area (SRA) by reducing vertical and horizontal fuel continuity, and improving road conditions for emergency vehicle access during wildfires,” said Henry Herrera, CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Forester. This project area was previously treated by CAL FIRE crews; therefore this re-entry will continue to maintain the effectiveness of the project. Thinning of small diameter trees and brush, pruning of residual trees and removal of dead and dying trees will occur, except in areas to meet wildlife habitat needs. Any material that is cut will be chipped and deposited on site, or piled and burned. Any trees found to be infested with  bark beetles will be cut and covered with six mil clear plastic to control the spread of bark beetles. The infested wood may also be piled and burned.

Road improvements will consist of spot maintenance, grading, installing rolling dips and waterbars to address road drainage and erosion. Roadside brushing will occur as necessary along the edge of the roads. All ground based equipment will  be operated from existing roads or disturbed areas. No new roads will be constructed. Work will be accomplished using CAL FIRE crews.