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Main Dam Campground Pile Burning Underway

KERNVILLE, CA., Thursday January 4, 2024 —Kern River Ranger District

Sequoia National Forest, Kern River Ranger District

Ignitions are underway at the Main Dam campground in the Kern River Ranger District. This morning, ignitions commenced with fuels and fire crews that plan to burn approximately 200 piles today and tomorrow.

“As USFS employees, we like to focus on not only the wildfire prevention aspect of prescribed fire in our rural forest areas but also our efforts on family-visited areas like campgrounds. This ensures safety and hazard prevention with the elimination of excessive fuel loading and hazards when the public comes to visit our National Forest system lands,” says Richard Baker, Burn Boss.

Smoke will be visible in the areas surrounding Lake Isabella today and tomorrow but is expected to have a low impact to the Kern River Valley.


Fire and fuels personnel work closely with the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District to monitor and manage smoke production and reduce the impact on communities. Visitors and residents can learn more about smoke and air quality by visiting the Eastern Kern APCD Home Page (


Stay informed by following the Sequoia National Forest webpage at, Facebook @SequoiaNF, and Twitter (X) @sequoiaforest.

240204 Main Dam campground RX Burn - USDA FS Photo by Amy Masi

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