MADERA COUNTY – The Sierra National Forest will be continuing the prescribed burning that began on Saturday at the Batterson Station to complete the rest of the 50 acre project, on Monday, Nov. 4.
“We are also planning to begin burning on the Kinsman burn starting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and continuing through the week until the project is completed,” says Burt Stalter, Battalion 18 Fuels Specialist for the Sierra National Forest.
The Kinsman burn covers just under 600 acres in total. It will be staffed with engines and crews from the Sierra Nationl Forest and Cal Fire Mount Bullion.
This burn was planned for ignition earlier in October but very dry conditions put the burn out of prescription. It has been planned for completion since 1997 and was originally started as part of the Clearwater Wildlife burn in the early 1990s.
“This area provides forage and hiding cover and is key winter deer range for the San Joaquin River deer herd,” says Stalter. “Due to the location and fuel conditions it requires a very small prescription window for burning to occur and meet the burn objectives.”
The objectives for this burn are to improve wildlife habitat for deer and wild turkey and reduce fuel hazards around the Kinsman and Hogue Ranch areas to assist fire suppression resources should a wildfire occur in the area.
Please call 877-2218 ext 3208 if there are any questions.