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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kern River District Prescribed Fire 1,000 acres #CAFire

Kern River District Prescribed Burns

Incident Overview

Kern River Ranger District Fire Management personnel have implemented hazardous fuel reduction projects on three mountaintops surrounding the Kern River Valley. Two of the projects, initiated in 2013, are in the second phase.
The projects are located in the mountains of Greenhorn, Piutes and Breckenridge. All projects are on forest land adjacent to communities dense with high amounts of hazardous fuels. Fuel reduction activities on the projects will have beneficial impacts on health and public safety in the project areas by reducing the risk of a stand-replacing fire and restoring natural ecosystems.

Basic Information

Current as of1/23/2015 12:59:32 PM
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
LocationThe projects are located in the mountains of Greenhorn, Piutes and Breckenridge. All projects are on forest land adjacent to communities dense with high amounts of hazardous fuels.
Incident CommanderFuels BC, Ernie Villa
Incident DescriptionKern River Ranger District Fire Management Personnel Implementing Hazardous Fuel Reduction Projects On Three Mountaintops Surrounding The Kern River Valley.

Current Situation

Fuels Involved
Varying fuels types in units include, grass, slash piles, brush and timber.
Significant Events
The Forest Service expects to burn 1,000 acres, in small units, designed to minimize effects of smoke on communities. Smoke will be visible from most communities surrounding Isabella Lake.

Outlook

Remarks
Fire managers are working closely with the Eastern Kern and San Joaquin County Air Pollution Control Districts to manage smoke production and reduce any local impacts.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns
Prescribed burn efforts will continue throughout the winter as weather and air quality permit.
Source: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4137/

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