Smoke To Be Visible In Pinecrest Area
Sonora, CA — Stanislaus National Forest fire officials will be igniting a prescribe burn later this month on the Summit Ranger District that will help to reduce hazardous flammable ground foliage fuels.
A total of 24 acres will be set ablaze using a low-intensity fire in the Experimental Forest Underburn prescribed burn, which is located about a half mile South of Pinecrest along Forest Road 4N10, adjacent to Crabtree Road. Between 9-24 acres of vegetation will be lit on fire daily through June as long as conditions that include weather, fuel moisture and air quality permit.
Forest fire officials explain that the Sierra Nevada is a fire dependent ecosystem where fire is a critical part of the natural forest process to maintain resilient forests.
Smoke may be visible along the Highway 108 corridor and surrounding communities. As this project is a planned prescribed fire, fire officials ask the public to not report it as a wildfire.