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November 24, 2010 (Descanso) -- The Descanso Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest is conducting 300-500 acres of prescribed burning in the south eastern part of San Diego County. The projects are located near the communities of Alpine, Pine Valley, and Mt Laguna. Prescribed burning will be conducted from November of this year, through June of 2011 as weather and fuel conditions permit.


The purpose of these prescribed burns is to assist in providing community protection by slowing the spread of wildfires that may occur under normal summer conditions. The Alpine area prescribed burn is located south-east 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 the town of Pine Valley. The area consists of masticated and standing southern California chaparral that has not burned since 1970. The burn will tie into Interstate 8 and the Pine Fire of 2007, providing a significant buffer to the south of Pine Valley and North of Corte Madera Ranch.


The Mt. Laguna prescribed burn will be conducted from Wooded Hill to Laguna Campground along the Sunrise Highway. The burn will assist in providing community protection for the residents of Mt. Laguna, and limit the severity of a potential stand replacing fire.


Residents near these areas may call the District Office at 619-445-6235 for further information.

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