Sierra National ForestĀ  announces Blue Canyon spring prescribed fire project

Contact(s): Adam Hernandez

Prescribed fire on the Sierra National Forest

Sierra National Forest  announces Blue Canyon spring prescribed fire project

Prather, Calif., April 25, 2019 – Sierra National Forest fire managers are planning to begin  understory burning in the area of Blue Canyon, on the High Sierra Ranger District between the dates of April 30th - May 4th 2019, with weather and air quality conditions permitting. 

Understory burning in the proximity of urban interface areas are part of a planned wildfire defense system across the forest designed to slow the progression of wildfires into surrounding communities and provide firefighters a safe area to engage fire during suppression activities. Recurring fire treatments are necessary to maintain the effectiveness of this defense system, as well as to help promote a healthy ecosystem.

The Blue Canyon project will be broken up into several units and it is expected to take approximately 5 to 10 days to complete the ignitions on each unit, with active burning and smoke conditions lasting a couple of weeks. 

The timing of these prescribed burns allows us to safely continue to return fire to the landscape while minimizing impacts to the public during ignitions. By burning during cooler and wetter times of the year, these burns are less intense, easier to control and produce significantly less smoke than a wildfire during the summer months. The Forest Service coordinates all burning activities with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to time the project to coincide with favorable weather conditions and smoke dispersion.

Smoke may be visible along Hwy168 at the Cressman’s Subdivision and in areas around Shaver Lake. For your safety, signs will be posted on roadways entering areas where burning is taking place. 

For more information on the prescribed burn, contact the High Sierra Ranger District Office at (559) 855-5355.