Rattle Snake avoidance training for dogs.

Please consider attending a rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs at the PCSD building in Ponderosa on the 14th of July at 10am. Cost is $65 per dog. Please contact the trainer to reserve your spot.

Protect your pet!

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Fire Brigade Training

The Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Brigade is always training and prepping for the worst.

Here they are learning how to pump water from lake in case of a fire.

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Trail of 100 Giants closed for cleanup by fire

Trail of 100 Giants closed for cleanup by fire

 

SPRINGVILLE, Calif. — Beginning today, fire personnel on the Western Divide Ranger District are planning to clean up debris piles at the Trail of 100 Giants in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The cleanup will be done by prescribed fire, when weather, fuel, and smoke conditions permit.

 

With a lack of winter weather, Tulare County has not yet closed the Western Divide Highway (M-107). Due to a concern for public safety with the highway open, the Trail will be closed while the prescribed burning is being done. Once the burned area has cooled, and the threat of fire spread minimal, the Trail will reopen.

 

Weather depending, it may continue to be closed through late-March. Visitors should plan to call ahead for Trail conditions (559) 539-2607 MondayFriday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Pier Fire hazard mitigation work proposed

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SPRINGVILLE, Calif. — The Pier Fire burned nearly 37,000 acres last summer, most of it on the Western Divide Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. An effort is proposed to remove the burned trees along a 35-mile stretch of roadway to mitigate the hazards. “These dead and dying trees are a substantial threat to public safety,” stated District Ranger Eric LaPrice. A map showing the proposed project area is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/sequoia/landmanagement/projects.

In addition to mitigating hazards, the Pier Fire Roadside Hazard Tree Mitigation Project will perform restoration work in the fire area to re-establish and improve wildlife habitat, and create a more resilient ecosystem. “It is important to address these hazards now while the trees are structurally sound enough to fall them safely,” LaPrice shared. “We’ll need to remove many of the felled trees from the landscape rather than leave heavy debris covering the ground presenting a fire hazard, plugging culverts, and rolling onto the roads.”

Felled trees would be removed from the landscape using a variety of tools including timber sales, chipping, prescribed burning, and personal use firewood collection. Forest officials have initiated a scoping comment period for this proposed project, and are seeking comments related to this proposal. If you would like to provide comments, please submit them to Western Divide Ranger District, attn. Eric LaPrice, 32588 HWY 190, Springville CA 93265 or by email to elaprice@fs.fed.us. Comments would be most useful in helping us identify any concerns if received by April 1, 2018.

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