Springville, CA – Over the past few weeks, Forest fire personnel on the Western Divide Ranger District in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest have accomplished over a thousand acres of prescribed burning. “This activity, along with hazard tree removal, will help reduce the threat of high-severity wildfire to our local communities,” stated Eric LaPrice, District Ranger.
Treated areas consisted of scattered piles of small trees, brush, and limbs created from the felling of hazard trees along roads, in recreation sites and near local communities.
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 wildfire.
Prescribed burning will continue across the District, weather depending.
Area burned Dec. 3 along the road going into Upper Grouse Valley.