Prescribed burns planned this week around Idyllwild

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IDYLLWILD (CNS) - Controlled burns are continuing this week in the San Bernardino National Forest south of Idyllwild to eliminate overgrowth, according to a U.S. Forest Service official, who said motorists and others in the area should not to be alarmed by the smoke. According to the USFS, controlled burns that got underway in November will move forward over the next few days, as long as atmospheric conditions remain favorable. Agency spokesman Zach Behrens said a 20-acre burn is ongoing south of Idyllwild and Pine Cove to improve the Westridge Fuel Break. Additional programmed burns are scheduled farther north in San Bernardino County, where hundreds of piles of dead vegetation are being set aflame. "The projects help create a buffer around communities where firefighters can s
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