Prescribed Burning Begins in the Giant Sequoia National Monument

For Immediate Release

Prescribed Burning Begins in the Giant Sequoia National Monument

converse_south_thumbnailSPRINGVILLE, CA – Sequoia National Forest personnel are starting their fall prescribed burning in the Western Divide Ranger District, Giant Sequoia National Monument
this week. With the recent storm in the area, weather and smoke conditions are predicted to be favorable for burning and fire crews are available to conduct the burns. As weather conditions and smoke dispersal allows, burning will continue through April of 2010.

Four areas are targeted to burn near the White River Summer Home Tract, and the communities of Camp Nelson, Ponderosa, and Sugarloaf. There are several hundred acres of piles of small trees, brush, and limbs that were created from community wildfire protection projects. The projects will result in reduced risk of
wildfire, helping protect the adjacent communities.

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 from Ponderosa, White River, Sugarloaf,  amp
Nelson, Pierpoint, Belknap and Coy Flat Campgrounds. Forest personnel will be working closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to manage smoke production and reduce any local impacts.

Media planning to visit the burn project areas are asked to notify Denise Alonzo, Public Affairs, at the Western Divide District Office (559) 539-2607, extension 212.

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