Springville, CA – The Western Divide Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest is preparing to implement several prescribed burns on Federal lands as early as conditions allow. The prescribed burns are an important part of our overall forest restoration strategy and will include both pile burning and broadcast burning.
There are many benefits associated with prescribed burning. The burns consume material on the ground, open up space for regeneration to occur, and return nutrients to the soil which supports regeneration. This activity enhances wildlife habitat and improves watershed conditions. The resulting healthier forest is more resilient to future threats. Prescribed burns also help protect communities by reducing fuel loads and fuel continuity around the community, lowering the risk of a high-severity wildfire.
The prescribed burning will occur in the following project areas: Ponderosa, Bull Run & Spear Creek Hazard Tree Mitigation Projects, and Balch park road hazard tree mitigation project. Prescribed burns will also occur in recreation sites that have had tree mitigation work, such as the Trail of 100 Giants, the George Bush Tree Loop, White River Campground, various special use sites, and recreation rentals.
Most of the project areas consist of scattered piles of small trees, brush, and limbs created from community wildfire protection projects. The acreage burned each day will vary based on weather and fuel conditions, and availability of personnel. Smoke from prescribed burning operations will be visible from the surrounding communities. We will be coordinating with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to minimize smoke impacts.