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    Gibbons Vegetation Management Burn

    CONTACT: Toni Davis

    Public Information Officer: 559.635.8206


    DATE: September 25, 2019

    Visalia – Tentatively on Thursday, September 26, 2019, CAL FIRE personnel will be conducting a vegetation management burn located off of Pothole Fire Control Rd, near the Tule River Reservation, southeast of Porterville, California. The prescribed burn will be approximately 1,000 acres. The project will start at approximately 10:00 AM, and take approximately 8 hours to complete. CAL FIRE resources will monitor the area for several consecutive days.

    CAL FIRE intends on modifying fuels with the vegetation management burn to enhance the natural habitat of the oak trees native to the area. This will reduce the invasive vegetation. The VMP will improve range land allowing more grass and forbs to grow. This will also promote natural regeneration, enhance wildlife habitat, protect watershed values and provide training for fire personnel.


    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Lightning storm brings fires

    to Sequoia’s Kern Plateau

    June 19, 2019The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest has discovered two fires this week. The Bald and Lost fires were determined to be lightning caused, due to the recent thunderstorm activity which moved through the area on Monday, June 17, 2019.

    The fires are located in the South Sierra Wilderness, in extremely steep, rocky terrain, thus proving to be difficult to access for personnel.

    ·        Bald Fire, discovered June 17th, at 4:36 p.m., is located 5 miles northeast of Bald Mountain Lookout. Fire Managers determined the fire to be a single tree, at an elevation of 8,200 feet, in steep rocky terrain. No growth has occurred for two days.

    ·        Lost Fire, discovered June 18th, at 10:00 a.m., is located east of Jackass and north of Dead Horse Meadow. The fire is burning (upslope) in the upper 1/3 of the slope, at a slow rate of spread in brush and timber at 8,200 feet in elevation. Current size is approximately 7.2 acres.

    Forest Service personnel are currently assessing a suppression strategy that will ensure fire fighter safety while providing a high probability of successful containment.

    Tuesday, June 18th, fire aviation personnel conducted a reconnaissance (“recon”) flight, looking for additional lightning caused starts and monitoring the fires. Recon flights will continue as fire management personnel deem necessary.

    For more information, please contact the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.