U.S. Forest Service begins prescribed burns in local mountains

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The U.S. Forest Service, Area 5, announced fire crews began prescribed burns in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains above the Hemet San Jacinto Valley and near Anza. With first snows fallen and wet winter weather soon to arrive, Forest officials announced approximately 2,800 acres are approved for prescribed burning this winter and spring, but not all acres may be accomplished. Fire crews only burn when it is safe and productive. A “burn boss,” the person in charge of a prescribed burn, assesses numerous factors each morning before ignitions can begin. These factors include wind, humidity, air quality, fuel moisture and availability of fire crew personnel. If the criteria are met, creating a so-called “burn window,” crews may move forward with burning. “We set out
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