ALTA SIERRA, Calif., Tuesday, December 26th, Kern County firefighters began burning piles of dead and downed trees, as well as other accumulated vegetation, in the community of Alta Sierra. This preventative pile burning is performed to eliminate hazardous fuels and reduce the risk of wildfires.
The Alta Sierra Pile Burning is scheduled to occur each day, during daylight hours, through Friday, December 29th.
Pile Burning, like other controlled burn operations, is prescribed to eliminate risks from wildfires and increase public safety. As long as weather conditions allow for safe burning the Alta Sierra Pile Burns will continue in subsequent weeks, each week between Tuesday to Friday.
Smoke may be visible at times along roads and in the community of Alta Sierra, at times visible from other areas within the Kern River Valley. Whenever a fire is burning nearby it is recommended that all continue to keep informed about changes to fire operations. This can be done through TV, radio, and social media.
During colder months your Kern County Fire Department continues to actively manage hazards to our community through prescribed burns and mechanical treatments (fuel breaks created with heavy equipment). We encourage all residents to also take this time to make sure they are maintaining defensible space around their home.