Sequoia National Forest fire personnel are planning to begin prescribed burning in the Western Divide Ranger District Giant Sequoia National Monument. Burning could start as early as the week of November 4th 2013. As soon as weather and smoke conditions are favorable for burning fire crews are prepared to conduct the burns. As weather conditions and smoke dispersal allows burning will continue through the winter and into spring.
The areas that fire management staff has targeted burning are near the communities of Ponderosa at an elevation of 7 500 feet and Sugar Loaf Village at an elevation of 5000 feet. There are approximately 800 acres of hand piles of small limbs brush and trees that were created from a hazardous fuels reduction projects. The material removed posed a safety hazard to communities and forest visitors.
When the burning is completed the piles themselves may not be entirely consumed in the fire. Typically there are remnants of the pile left to protect the soil from erosion and promote growth of new vegetation. Some piles will be intentionally left unburned to benefit wildlife.
Smoke from the prescribed burning operations will be visible in these communities. Forest personnel will be working closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to manage smoke production and reduce any local impacts.
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|