PRATHER – Fire managers on the High Sierra Ranger District are planning to continue ignitions for the 833-acre Dinkey South understory prescribed fire, on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Using the advantage of favorable weather conditions, these ignitions will begin where they ended this past spring after 180 acres were successfully treated, say officials.
Fire personnel and equipment will be committed to this project until the treatment is extinguished as burn days permit. The remaining unburned acreage is broken up into several units, and it is expected to take approximately one to two weeks to complete ignitions, with active burning being visible for several weeks afterwards.
“The objective of this prescribed burn treatment is to introduce fire to protect our local communities from destructive wildfire by not only reducing hazardous fuel conditions, but by restoring, enhancing and sustaining a healthy forest ecosystem,” say Forest officials. “In 2010 and 2011 this was the very first Dinkey Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project (DFLR) to reduce ladder fuels, and thin overly dense forest stands to provide for forest resiliency using mechanical and prescribed fire treatments.”
Visitors to the forest may see smoke, active fire, and firefighters in the area during the burn, and are asked to drive slowly and carefully as they enjoy the forest. For firefighter and public safety, signs will be posted along roadways where burning is taking place.
The Sierra National Forest 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 from the greater Fresno/Clovis communities, and along Highway 168.
Localized smoke impacts may be felt around Shaver Lake, Dinkey Creek and McKinley Grove roads.
For questions regarding the Dinkey South Understory prescribed fire, contact Adam Hernandez Fuels Specialist, High Sierra Ranger District Office at 559-855-5355.