Forest service conducts controlled burn on side of Palomar Mountain

Monday, Feb. 25—

Cleveland National Forest is conducting burning operations today on the northeastern side of Palomar Mountain along the Aguanga Ridge/Palomar Divide Road. The controlled burn may continue throughout the week if weather conditions remain favorable, reports Brian Harris with the forest service.

The Forest Service is burning fuels that have been piled as a result of fuel treatments in the area, said Harris, noting that fuel treatments reduce the risk and severity of wildfires and are commonly used to treat stands of trees. These fuel treatments increase resiliency to wildfires, enhance community protection, and increase the health of the forest.

“Healthy forests can deliver clean water, enhance recreational opportunities and provide for wildlife habitat, while being more resilient to current and future effects of climate change,” Harris said.

   
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