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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Windy Road…Two Kinds of People…Which One Are You?

You’re either going to say “wheeeeee!!!! after you see this or you’re going to say “no way!” Which one are you? 👍👎🏔

Highway 190 East to Ponderosa is a fun one. These curves are some of the most extreme. Starting at 6000 foot elevation.

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CPR Classes, Camp Nelson

UPCOMING CPR CLASSES

CPR REFRESHER CLASS: February 17th. 10:00 am.
Upstairs at the Camp Nelson Fire Station: This class is just a refresher for those holding a current CPR card. There is no charge for of the class. Class will be approx. 2 hrs this class, BUT, you must present a current card at the time.
Please sign up for the class by February 15th.

There will be a regular CPR/FIRST AID class on Feb 24th. For those interested. It will start at 9:00 and last 6-8 hours (there will be an hour break for lunch) depending on how many sign up. This class will also be upstairs at the Camp Nelson Fire Station.

To sign up for either class call Cindy at 542-2868 or contact us through this website and we’ll get you in touch with the right person.

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