Hazardous Fuel Reduction Projects to begin near Kernville

Release Date: Jun 12, 2017  

Contact(s): Bryan Hellett


KERNVILLE, California, June 12, 2017 – The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest is planning to implement two prescribed fire projects for hazardous fuels reduction this month. 

Prescribed fires will be conducted when weather, fuel moisture, and air quality conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives. 

Fire managers plan to complete two prescribed fire projects on June 20th through the 22nd, 2017.  Project locations are Camp 9 and Engineer Point. Camp 9 will consist of 183 acres, and Engineer Point will be 84 acres.  Both areas will be closed during the project burn dates.

The projects were developed to reduce the hazardous fuel loading and to prevent wildfires in high traffic, highly used recreation sites. Both prescribed fires will remain staffed with fire personnel until they can be declared out. 

Smoke will be visible from most communities surrounding Isabella Lake and should be minimal due to the light flashy fuels and favorable conditions.

Fire managers will work closely with the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District to manage smoke production and reduce any local impacts.

For further information, please contact Bryan Hellett, District Fuels Officer at (760) 376-3781, extension 656.

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