DUNLAP CA., January 09,2024
Sequoia National Forest fire managers will conduct pile-burning projects beginning Wednesday, January 10, near Pineridge and Delilah Lookout within the Hume Lake Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument. Fire management crews will conduct burn operations now that weather and smoke conditions are favorable. Burning will continue for as long as conditions allow.
Years of severe drought in California, bark beetle infestation, wildfires, and warmer temperatures have led to a historic level of hazard trees. Over the past few summers, forest crews, contractors, and cooperators have hand-piled small limbs, brush, and trees from felled hazard trees over hundreds of acres. Scattered piles are between 3,500-8,000 feet elevation.
Once the burning is completed, piles may only partially be consumed by the prescribed fire. Typically, remnants of piles are left to protect the soil from erosion and promote new vegetation growth. Some piles will be intentionally left unburned to benefit wildlife.
Smoke from the prescribed burning operations will be visible along roads and from nearby communities. Forest personnel work closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to manage smoke production and reduce the impact on communities.
Visitors can learn more about air quality and smoke by visiting the San Joaquin Valley APCD Home Page (valleyair.org). The public should abide by all Federal, State, and local regulations, including Forest Closure Orders and any prescribed burn-related signs.
Stay informed by following the Sequoia National Forest webpage at www.fs.usda.gov/sequoia, Facebook @SequoiaNF, and Twitter (X) @sequoiaforest.
Types of prescribed fire
The three general types of prescribed fire are pile burning, understory/underburning, and broadcast burning. They all help decrease the threat of high-intensity, high-severity wildfires; reduce the risk of insect and disease outbreaks; recycle nutrients that increase soil productivity; and improve wildlife habitat. Another benefit resulting from prescribed fire is a reduction in wildfire danger to local communities.