CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is continuing with pile burning operations on both the High Sierra (HSRD), and Bass Lake Ranger Districts (BLRD). Test fire ignitions will take place in both areas; near Shaver Lake – HSRD, and at Batterson Work Center – BLRD. Pending suitable weather conditions, test fire ignitions will take place in both areas today, Tuesday, November 28th.
SNF Fire Crews will ignite piles located along Dinkey Creek RD between Shaver Lake and Bald Mountain Summit. Ignitions will take approximately 5-7 days to complete and fire crews will closely patrol and monitor the burning piles.
Pile burning operations will also take place at the USFS Batterson Work Center and Douglas Ranger Stations, in North Fork and Oakhurst. The BLRD project aims to reduce hazard fuels accumulations at each administrative site. Extinguishment of residual heat will take place over the next several days, for all locations.
All SNF projects coordinate burn activities with local air pollution control districts, national weather services, and local fire authorities to ensure favorable conditions for smoke dispersion during prescribed burn projects. Informative signage is also available in project areas for public awareness and safety purposes.
Do Not Report
Residents and visitors near Bass Lake or Shaver Lake, and other mountain communities, may notice smoke or flames originating from each project area; Fire officials ask the public to NOT contact emergency services (911) in relation to these prescribed burns. Smoke from these ignitions may also be visible from several vantage points on the Forest. Exercise caution while traveling near Prescribed Burn locations.
Those seeking more information about prescribed burn projects may contact the appropriate District Ranger office:
▪ Bass Lake Ranger District – 57003 Road 225, North Fork, CA 93643, (559) 877-2218
▪ High Sierra Ranger District – 29688 Auberry Road, Prather, CA 93651 (559) 855-5355
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