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November 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Descanso Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest will conduct prescribed burning from November 2013 to May 2014, if weather and fuel moisture conditions permit.  The project will cover approximately 500-700 acres and will take place near the communities of Mount Laguna, Alpine, and Pine Valley.

The prescribed burns are for the purpose of assisting in providing community protection by slowing the spread of wildfires that occur under normal summer conditions as well as forest health.  Some drifting smoke may be visible during the period of burning along Sunrise Highway, Japatul Road, and Interstate 8.

The Alpine area prescribed burn is located southeast of Alpine in the community of Carveacre. The area consists of southern California chaparral that has not burned since 1970.

The Corte Madera prescribed burn is located south of Pine Valley. The area consists of masticated and standing southern California chaparral that has not burned since 1970.

The prescribed burn on Mount Laguna will be conducted along the old Wooded Hill Road, north of Sunrise Highway and west of the town of Mount Laguna. The burn will assist in community protection as well as limiting the severity of a wildfire during the summer months.  

Residents in the area may call Division Chief Talbot Hayes at 619-445-6235 for further information on the project.

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