Forest Service Fire crews have completed the prescribed fire in the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project planned for this week, burning a total of 70 acres.
The project area is located along Forest Road 1N12 located about 300 yards north of the Angelus Oaks community. Smoke and flames will be visible to residents and motorists along State Route 38 and may be visible from other mountain communities and highways.
Firefighters will be using a technique called "hand burning" using a variety of tools such as the drip torch and fusees to reduce the chamise component in the chaparral ecosystem. Crews will continually monitor conditions and adjust burning as based on favorable weather conditions.
"Doing this work under these favorable weather conditions reduces the risk of a catastrophic wildfire threatening mountain communities under typical, dryer and windy conditions common to the area in the summer and fall fire seasons. ," stated Front Country District Ranger Gabe Garcia. "The understory burn is part of a larger 535 acre project initiated in 2004 and will maintain that work we have all invested in to improve the survivability of Angelus Oaks", Garcia added.
The Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project has reduced fuels around the Angelus Oaks community. Pile burning and broadcast burning are part of fuels treatments that include mechanical removal of vegetation. Fuel reduction projects near mountain communities include removing dead trees as well as thinning and stacking piles of dense brush, and burning the piles in the wet season.
During burning operations the popular Santa Ana River Trail and Forest Road 1N12 were closed to public use and now are open. Smoke from the prescribed fire was visible from Big Bear, Running Springs, Crestline and communities in the Redlands, Yucaipa, San Bernardino area.
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|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Thursday April 11th, 2013 approx. 10:00 AM|
|Incident Commander||Mike Wakoski|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday April 12th, 2013 approx. 06:00 PM|
chemise component in the chaparral system in a pine overstory.
Rocky, steep terrain - elevation 6000 feet
|Wind Conditions||3 mph NE|