Prescribed burning halts as increased fire weather returns

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SAN BERNARDINO – Prescribed burning activities were temporarily suspended Wednesday, Jan. 13, due worsening weather conditions, including multiple incoming Santa Ana windstorms, San Bernardino National Forest officials announced.The windstorms, rated as moderate, were forecast to begin Thursday, Jan. 14, and last over the next week. The U.S. Forest Service’s Santa Ana Wind Threat Index defines a moderate windstorm as one where, “upon ignition, fires will grow rapidly and will be difficult to control.”“Prescribed burning is an important activity for the long-term health and wellness of the forest,” fire Chief Jaime Gamboa said. “But when a heightened fire danger returns, we need to switch gears and be ready for the possibility of significant fire activity.”Add
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