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Forest Service plans to burn brush piles in San Bernardino, San Jacinto mountains

Cooler winter weather gives San Bernardino National Forest firefighters a window to start five more brush-fire pile burns from Pine Cove in the San Jacinto Mountains to by a fire station near Glen Helen in San Bernardino County.
The piles of cut shrubs and tree branches are burned to reduce the amount of fuel available to wildfires that could threaten communities and watersheds. During the controlled burns, smoke may be visible from nearby populated areas.

If conditions continue to hold, there may be five pile burns across the forest on Tuesday. Here’s where:
– Pine Cove Fuel Break, Idyllwild-Pine Cove – Mill Creek FS, Mentone – Del Rosa FS, Highland – Heaps Peak Helibase, Running Springs – Sycamore FS, Fontana #rxfire #CAstorm pic.twitter.com/aVU6c1lQjg
— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) February 13, 2018

The locations where burns are proposed to start this week are the Pine Cove fuel break in the San Jacinto Mountains north of Idyllwild, the Forest Service’s Banning station on the Banning Bench north of the city,  Mill Creek station north of Yucaipa, Del Rosa near Highland, Heaps Peak Helibase near Running Springs and the Sycamore station near Glen Helen Pkwy, north of Fontana and Rialto.
Burns may be scheduled in other locations later in the winter. Whether the controlled fires are set will depend on factors including weather and personnel availability.
For more information, check the forest’s website  or Twitter account or call 909-382-2711.

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