smokey-thumbHazardous fuels pile burning continues on the San Bernardino National Forest, as part of the agency’s ongoing effort to reduce the risk of wildfire to the mountain communities. Firefighting crews from the Forest Service burned about 40 piles in the Barton Flats area off Highway 38 yesterday. Crews will be on scene again today, so if smoke is visible to the south and/or eastern end of the Big Bear Valley, know that these are controlled burns by the U.S. Forest Service. Weather conditions are continuously monitored during pile burns and, if conditions become unsafe, burning will cease.