IDYLLWILD (CNS) - U.S. Forest Service fire crews will resume a series of controlled burns in the San Bernardino National Forest around Idyllwild this week, following winter rains that reduced wildfire danger.
Operations began in early January but were halted when a Santa Ana windstorm arrived, then before they could begin again, winter weather covered the area, prolonging the hiatus.
Nearly 1,300 acres are targeted for reduction on the Riverside County side of the 676,000-acre San Bernardino National Forest. Most of the burns are focused just north of Idyllwild, along Highway 243, as well as Garner Valley south of Lake Hemet, and throughout the Cranston burn scar, southwest of Mountain Center.
A set schedule for the burns was not announced, but the USFS said operations will be clo