The Pine Ridge Fuels Reduction and Maintenance Project is located in the Hume Lake Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. In the Pine Ridge area, the Highway Fire of 2001 scorched trees up to 50 feet off of the ground and eventually killed trees up to 20 inches in diameter. Many fallen trees have added to the brush kill and pine needle litter. There is a need to reduce the amount of dead brush, dead trees, and ladder fuels that have built up since the Highway Fire. This high fuel load has compromised the effectiveness of fire suppression efforts in the defense and threat zones of the wildland urban intermix. There is also a need to continue to re-establish a more natural fire return interval in the project area.