News and Notes
Los Padres National Forest will be conducting controlled burns in the area
adjacent to Pine Mountain Club, Frazier Park, and Lake of the Woods the brush.
Brush was cut and piled by crews while constructing fuel breaks around and
adjacent to the above referenced local communities. This process will involve
crews burning brush piles when weather conditions and air quality are suitable
for safely burning these fuels. Burning may begin as early as January 27.
If you have questions about the projects, please contact Division Chief John Abell at
For additional information, contact the Mt. Pinos District Office at (661) 245-3731.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning / advisory
that remains in effect until 1000 am PST this today through 2200 HRS this
evening for gusty winds through this evening in the mountains and along
the coastal slopes and foothills. Locally strong northeast to east winds will
continue mainly through and below mountain passes and canyons and
near coastal foothills today. The strongest winds are likely to occur in the
San Diego county mountains and lower coastal slopes and near the
Banning pass this morning. Winds will decrease this afternoon and tonight.
However gusty offshore flow will continue through early next week.
The gold-spotted oak borer has been killing stands of oak trees in San Diego County
Gregg Bratcher, Cal Fire forester for the mountain area said that firewood from out of
the area is suspected as the source of the insect's arrival in Idyllwild. In November,
an infested California black oak was found in Idyllwild and removed from along
Highway 243. Fire, education and resource agencies are taking their message
about stopping the gold-spotted oak borer to a community meeting to enlist property
owners to help battle the tree-killing pest.
There will be a meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Idyllwild Town Hall, 25925 Cedar St.
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