Big Bear, CA, November 29th, 2015 – Everyone wants to preserve and enjoy Big Bear’s pristine beauty, while protecting the ecosystem which has made the jewel of Southern California so special. With the arrival of winter weather, the U.S. Forest Service will begin prescribed burn operations on the San Bernardino National Forest. Winter burns are part of a continuing effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health. Prescribed burns are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation which can carry fire from the forest floor into the treetops. Prescribed burns stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife. Burns are conducted in coordination with the National Weather Service and South Coast Air Quality Management District.
The public may also see smoke from pile burning activities in several San Bernardino National Forest locations in Big Bear and the south side of Big Bear Lake during the next several months. Prescribed burns will also take place in the San Jacinto Mountains. For more information call the Big Bear Ranger Station.