NORTH FORK – The Bass Lake Ranger District has begun ignition on the Kinsman Flat prescribed burn project this morning, Monday, Apr. 4.
“The objective of the prescribed burn program is to protect our local communities from wildfire by not only reducing hazardous fuel conditions but by restoring, enhancing and sustaining a healthy forest ecosystem through reintroducing fire as a component of ecosystem dynamics,” says the Sierra National Forest in a statement released today.
“The Forest Service coordinates all burning activities with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District to obtain compliance with smoke management to carry out these burns. The Forest will continue to peruse options that will help minimize the risk for large Forest fires before the summer months.”
Burning on this project began at 9 a.m. and should be completed no later than 5 p.m. The area will be closed as crews complete work, and possibly for days after the work is completed to ensure the safety of the visiting public.
Smoke may be visible in areas around and near Bass Lake and Highway 41. For more information on the prescribed burn, people may contact the Bass Lake Ranger District at (559) 877-2218.
(Photo from 2015 Kinsman Flat burn – courtesy US Forest Service)