Thursday May 23 2020 8:00 A.M

08:25AM 5/21 8AM - THE UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE BURNING IN THE BLUFF MESA AREA SOUTH WEST OF BIG BEAR. SMOKE AND FLAME WILL BE VISIBLE. PLEASE DO NOT REPORT TO 911.

UNITS RESPONDING: MISC (BIG BEAR FIRE AUTHORITY )
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FIRE (THE USFS WILL BE PERFORMING A PRESCRIBED BURN OPERATION STARTING THU 5-14 AND CONTINUING FOR SEVERAL DAYS NEAR BLUFF LAKE SOUTH WEST OF BIG BEAR. SMOKE AND FLAME WILL BE VISIBLE. LIVE CAM AND MORE INFO ON SCM. (SCM STT V0.81)

DISPOSITION:
08:25AM THE USFS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE BURNING IN THE BLUFF MESA AREA SOUTH WEST OF BIG BEAR.

SMOKE AND FLAME WILL BE VISIBLE. PLEASE DO NOT REPORT TO 911.  


San Bernardino National Forest

Bluff Mesa Southwest of Big Bear Valley

 

  

San Bernardino, CA __ Fire crews will continue to take advantage of favorable spring weather conditions for more prescribed burning in the Bluff Mesa area southwest of Big Bear Lake, potentially beginning on Thursday, May 21 and continuing through Friday, May 22. The work helps create safe spaces for firefighters to be placed between communities and natural areas should a wildfire occur. This week will be a continuation of a broadcast burn for up to 150 acres located east of Forest Service Road 2N10 and 2N96, on the north side of Bluff Lake and marsh.


  

Burning will occur only when weather and air quality conditions permit. There will be no closures of nearby trails, roads or yellow post campsites.          

Since last Thursday, fire crews have accomplished over 200 acres of fuels reduction in the Bluff Mesa area, making great progress in forest health and community protection. Approximately 1,450 acres have been treated by prescribed fire across the Forest over the past year.           

For daily updates on prescribed burning operations, check the Forest's Alerts and Notices web page or Forest's Twitter  account (accounts are not required for viewing tweets). 

  

 

SMOKE AND FLAME WILL BE VISIBLE.

PLEASE DO NOT REPORT TO 9-1-1

 Previous notification from: May 13, 2020

Zach Behrens 
Public Affairs Officer  

Forest Service  

San Bernardino National Forest, Supervisor's Office


Prescribed burning planned for Big Bear Valley

The project will help create defensible space and restore a meadow

 

San Bernardino, CA __ After a late wet Winter and with current Spring conditions ideal for prescribed burning, San Bernardino National Forest officials are planning to begin ignitions in the Big Bear Valley area beginning as early as Thursday, May 14th. The broadcast burn on Bluff Mesa, which is to the southwest of Big Bear Lake, is expected to last through next week if conditions remain safe and productive for burning. Smoke will be visible in the immediate area and may even be seen from areas off the mountain during ignitions. Smoke may continue to be visible for up to a month when the prescribed burn site goes into patrol status.   

The project is part of a larger effort to create defensible space for communities and infrastructure along the lake’s south shore. It is also aimed at restoring Bluff Meadow. 497 acres to the north and south of the meadow are targeted, with the remaining acres of the 1,184-acre project slated for burning at a later time possibly next year. To date, over 1,000 acres have been treated in the Big Bear area with prescribed burning over the past several months.   

“One of our top priorities is to manage the forest to aid in protecting communities from wildfire,” said Mountaintop District Ranger Marc Stamer. “We have been preparing this area for prescribed burning for a number of years and are at a point where we can responsibly return fire to the landscape.”   

The low-intensity prescribed burn will target needle cast and duff on forest floor. Lightning strike-caused fires historically frequented the area, but with fire suppression over the last century, the duff layer has built up. An unmanaged fire in the duff can reach the roots of trees, killing stands of them across an area. Fire crews have removed the duff layer around old growth trees, including the champion lodgepole pine, one of the world’s largest known of the species.   

Shared stewardship helped make this project possible. Meadow restoration work was partially funded by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. Additionally, Urban Conservation Crews from the Southern California Mountains Foundation aided forest staff in preparing the area for burning.   

Visitors to the immediate area should expect traffic delays along forest roads 2N10 (Mill Creek), 2N11 (Santa Ana Divide) and 2N86 (Kidd Creek). Access to the Champion Lodgepole and Siberia Creek trails, as well as the upper side of the Castle Rock trail, may be impacted. Campers at Yellow Post Campsites #28 and #29 should be advised of smoke in the area.   

During the burn, real-time updates will be posted to Twitter. Visitors with questions can call the Mountaintop Ranger District at 909-382-2790.