The U.S. Forest Service will soon start annual prescribed burning operations on the Angeles National Forest to reduce the risk of wildfire and protect the communities within and adjacent to the forest.
These active forest management efforts will foster a healthier ecosystem and minimize the effects of large wildfires on the landscape.
Forest fire officials implement fuels and vegetation management projects throughout the year, some of which are in preparation for prescribed fires. These projects are part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of wildfire and improve forest health. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter and spring months as weather and other environmental factors permit.
The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on the availability of personnel, equipment and appropriate conditions. Prescribed burn planning and execution are closely coordinated with the National Weather Service and Air Quality Management Districts in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.
“Staff on the Angeles National Forest work year-round to create resilient landscapes, fire-adapted communities and safe, effective wildfire response in accordance with the National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy,” said Forest Fire Management Officer, Robert Garcia. “Fire Management remains an essential component of our mission as we work towards achieving our strategic goals of healthy and resilient forested landscapes for generations to come.”
When burns occur, information signs will be posted along the roadways to alert the public to the burning activity and subsequent visible smoke in the area. Information will also be posted on social media accounts https://twitter.com/Angeles_NF or https://www.facebook.com/angelesnationalforest/.
A complete list of projects can be found on the Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/angeles/.