Fuel Reduction Projects by the Forest Service can reduce
Such as the Lake Fire seen by photographer Jonny Bresnahan
Forest Service Fire crews are planning to burn approximately 12 acres as
part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction Project.
Weather and conditions permitting, firefighters are planning to start the
burning project early as Tuesday April 26th.
The project area will be divided into two section along Forest Road 1N-12 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
Fire Fighters will be using a technique called hand-burning using a variety of
tools such as drip torch and fusses to reduce the Chaparral and dry fuels
within the area. Crews will continually monitor conditions and adjust
burning as based on favorable weather conditions.
“Prescribed burns can help reduce the risk of a
catastrophic wildland fires that can affect surrounding communities within our
urban face forest by removing dry fuels from the underbrush of the canopy”
stated Front Country District Ranger Christine Hill. “The removal of these
fuels can reduce flame length to prevent fires from torching healthier trees”
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
Updates for this prescribe burn will be available on http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ and the San Bernardino National
Forest’s social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
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