Forest Service begins prescribed burns around Idyllwild

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IDYLLWILD (CNS) - U.S. Forest Service personnel today set fire to piles of debris in the Lake Hemet area, within the Cranston burn scar in the San Jacinto Mountains, which officials warned may produce smoke and visible flames in the surrounding area for much of the day. It's the first in a series of controlled burns slated for the San Bernardino National Forest, around Idyllwild, aimed at reducing excess vegetation that might otherwise fuel wildfires. "We set out each year to accomplish as much prescribed burning as we can, when it is safe to do so," USFS Deputy Fire Chief Scott Howes said. "We really appreciate the public's continued support for this important work." Nearly 1,300 acres are targeted for reduction on the Riverside County side of the 676,000-acre San Bernardino Nati
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