slashpileSmoke may again be visible today, as U.S. Forest Service crews continue with hazardous fuels pile burns in the Barton Flats area, off Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks on the San Bernardino National Forest. Per Forest Fire Chief Mike Dietrich, “Burning slash piles is part of our overall operations to reduce the risk of wildfires potentially spreading into communities. Our standard practice is to evaluate the weather, forecasts, fuels conditions and adjust our operations accordingly, stopping and resuming as conditions warrant.” So, if you see smoke today—which, yesterday was visible even from Highway 330—know that these are controlled burns by the U.S. Forest Service.