Firefighters with the Los Padres National Forest are conducting prescribed burns in several areas of the forest to reduce potential fuel for wildfires.
Crews are burning piles of dead trees and brush. On Tuesday, firefighters were working atop Figueroa Mountain and near the Chuchupate Campground.
The Santa Lucia RD is pile burning atop Figueroa Mtn to reduce fuel loading. Prescribed fire burns less intensely than wildfires & can reduce impacts to watersheds such as soil loss and sedimentation. Please be cautious if you are in this area today. pic.twitter.com/QxeSMWxxe1— Los Padres NF (@LosPadresNF) February 18, 2020
Fire crews on the Mt. Pinos RD are conducting prescribed pile burning near the Chuchupate Campground. Please be cautious if you are in this area today. pic.twitter.com/VZeSKcSViD— Los Padres NF (@LosPadresNF) February 18, 2020
Forest Service officials say the burns are scheduled to take place through February 28 and additional burns will happen in March. Burning operations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on permissive burn days.
The Forest Service is working with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, and the California Air Resources Board to minimize impacts on air quality in nearby communities.