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DEC 30, 2014
Angelus Oaks Prescribed Fire (Prescribed Fire)
Posted: 10 Dec 2014 11:18 AM PST
Forest Service Fire crews are conducting a prescribed fire today as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project as weather and conditions permit. Burning will continue throughout the winter with completion expected by May 2015.
Forest Service Fire crews are conducting a precribed fire today as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project as weather and conditions permit. Burning will continue throughout the winter with completion expected by May 2015.
The project area is located along Forest Road 1N12 located immediately north of the Angelus Oaks community. Smoke and flames will be visible to residents and motorists along State Route 38 and may be visible from other mountain communities and highways.
Firefighters will be using a technique called “hand burning” using a variety of tools such as the drip torch and fusses to reduce the chemise component in the chaparral system. Crews will continually monitor conditions and adjust burning as based on favorable weather conditions.
“Doing this work under these favorable weather conditions reduces the risk of a catastrophic wildfire threatening mountain communities under typical, dryer and windy conditions common to the area in the summer and fall fire seasons,” stated Front Country District Ranger Gabe Garcia. “The understory burn is part of a larger 535 acre project initiated in 2004and we’ll maintain that work we have all invested in to improve the survivability of Angelus Oaks”, Garcia added.
The Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project has reduced fuels around the Angelus Oaks community. Pile burning and broadcast burning are part of fuels treatments that include mechanical removal of vegetation. Fuel reduction projects near mountain communities include removing dead trees as well as thinning and stacking piles of dense brush, and burning the piles in the wet season.
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