Sonora, CA — The U.S. Forest Service-Stanislaus National Forest is scheduled to commence the North Beardsley Underburn in the Summit Ranger District Monday, January 29.
The underburn will be located approximately five miles northwest of Strawberry along Forest Road 5N02. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 108 with some down canyon drift smoke visible in the early morning and evening hours.
The prescribed burn is expected to continue over the next 10 days. Burning is contingent on weather, fuel moisture and air quality. All burning is monitored and conducted in accordance with state and county air quality guidelines and closely coordinated with local county air quality control districts.
A total of 1,799 acres are to be treated with low-intensity fire with planned ignition on approximately 300 acres daily.
Prescribed burns are scheduled to reduce the buildup of flammable forest fuels; both ground and ladder fuels. The overall purpose is to reduce the threat of uncontrolled, large and damaging fires.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, controlled or prescribed low-intensity fires enhance wildlife habitat, improve forest ecosystem health and reduce the threat of uncontrolled conflagrations. The Sierra Nevada is a fire-dependent ecosystem where fire is a part of the natural forest process.
Written by Bill Johnson