Prescribed burning began Thursday Feb 25 along Highway 180 six miles east of Dunlap on the McKenzie Ranch Fuels Reduction Project. 85 acres were successfully ignited Thursday, 224 acres Friday and the remaining 191 acres were burned on Saturday, completing the ignition part of the project. Crews continue to patrol and monitor the burn perimeter to ensure no fire spread outside the planned units. Dry weather is allowing fire to creep slowly through pockets of vegetation laying on the ground. This is expected and a desired fire effect that further meets objectives within the burn unit. Smoke from the prescribed burn operations will linger along roads and in nearby communities.
“The objective of this understory prescribed burn was to reduce fuels and continue reintroducing fire into the wildland urban interface,” stated District Ranger Jeremy Dorsey. Personnel from the Sequoia National Forest, Terra Fuego Resource Foundation Inc., CalFire, PG&E, Caltrans, and California Highway Patrol worked together to accomplish the project. This multi-year project began in 2019. There were three fuels reduction units totaling 726 acres, 226 acres were completed in 2019-20 with the remaining acres ignited over the past week.