Kern River rangers complete prescribed burns

KERNVILLE — The Kern River Ranger District has completed prescribed fire projects for the winter/spring 2017-2018 season.

“Our winter and spring burning reduced surface fuels, increased height of the canopy, reduced small tree densities and helped promote fire-resilient landscape,” said a spokesperson.

“Additionally, these fires improved wildlife habitat and promoted long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.”

Rangers completed 120 acres of understory broadcast burning and 1,664 piles of trees killed by drought and beetle infestations.

“The collaborative partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service, Kern County Fire Department and Angeles National Forest contributed to the success of the 2017-2018 Prescribed Fire Program,” said Acting District Fire Management Officer Bryan Hellett.

For further information call Hellett at 760-376-3781, ext. 620.

Story First Published: 2018-07-20