BLM plans prescribed fires in Case Mountain area

BLM plans prescribed fires
BLM photo showing debris piles on Case Mountain that will be burned over the next several months.

Beginning as soon as Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Field Office plans to conduct prescribed fire operations at Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area, southeast of Three Rivers in Tulare County. Pile burn operations could continue periodically from now through the spring. BLM plans prescribed fires

The prescribed fires are designed to improve landscape health and to remove hazardous fuels that could feed wildland fire at the recreation area. The Castle Fire was an imminent threat to the area’s giant sequoia groves this past summer and fall but due to the efforts of firefighters never made it to Case Mountain.
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Crews plan to burn 271 acres by the end of spring. Burning will take place when weather and fuel moisture allow for safe and successful burning.

Case Mountain encompasses about 18,500 acres of BLM-managed public lands and supports many sensitive plants and animals, important riverbank ecosystems, areas of cultural significance, and a 400-acre giant sequoia complex with six giant sequoia groves.

More information is available from the BLM Bakersfield Field Office at 661-391-6000.

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