Boulder Creek Prescribed Fire

First phase of Boulder Creek prescribed fire successfully burned 60 acres, near Evans Grove May 21, 2014

The Boulder Burn is a planned, multi-year 6,000--9,000 acre prescribed burn in the Monarch Wilderness and Agnew Roadless Area, located in the Hume Lake Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. This project aims to reduce fuels, reintroduce fire, and protect, restore, and enhance existing old forest structure and associated habitat. The initial phase of ignition began on May 21, 2014 and although it was expected to burn approximately 400 acres in the Monarch Wilderness, 60 acres were actually completed, near Evans Grove.

Prepping for Boulder Burn

Photo Above: Prior to prescribed fire ignition, flammable fuels are removed from base of old growth pine to protect it. Photo by Linn Gassaway, USFS

This is a critical prescribed fire project because this area has not experienced a fire in over 100 years and the topography is steep and inaccessible, precluding any other means of treatment.  Additionally, the Boulder Burn will build on the success of the 2010 Sheep Fire by creating a natural fuel break that supports diverse forest structure and wildlife habitat. More information on the purpose and need of the Boulder Burn can be found at the links below.  

Scoping Notice and Project Map
We know that fire is essential for restoration and resilience in our forests and we also know that smoke can aggravate respiratory problems for some people. In an effort to distribute information to those most affected by smoke, Sierra Forest Legacy has teamed up with the Forest Service on a communication plan for the Boulder Burn. Our goal is to have an electronic notification system sending pertinent information from the medical community to those persons that may be most likely to be affected by the smoke. We will be sending out three notifications: 1) information about upcoming burn (the who, what, approximately when, and why); 2) information on when ignition will occur (within a day of ignition–time to prepare); and 3) information when project is complete.

1st Notice -- Early Contact Alert -- Download here.

2nd Notice -- Burn is Expected. Download here.

Notification of completion of the project -- Download here.

In addition to the notification system, persons and communities can find more information on how to prepare for smoke at the local air pollution control districts’ webpages.

For residences on the west side of the Sierra Nevada range, visit San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

For residences on the east side, visit Great Basin Air Pollution Control District

Additional Updates on smoke can be found at California Smoke Information Blog

The Forest Service is working closely with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District to monitor the smoke from locations that are within the prescribed burn area as well as monitoring smoke impacts in the valley.

Sierra Forest Legacy is in full support of this project and will continue to track its progress. If you are interested in receiving updates on the project you can subscribe to updates at this website. All project documents, including the April 2013 environmental assessment, are also located there for download.

Sheep Fire Photo by Brandon Dethlefs NPS 2010

Sheep Fire at Kings River, Sequoia National Forest, 2010 -- Photo credit: Brandon Dethlefs, NPS