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Smoke visible from prescribed fires at Big Pine and Pine Flats

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. ( — The Angeles National Forest advised crews are continuing with the prescribed fires at Big Pine and Pine Flats on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

A column of brown smoke from the fires was very visible to residents across the Victor Valley, leaving many to wonder if a fire had started in the mountains.

The Angeles National Forest said that these are two important locations in the forest that impact visitor recreation opportunities. Prescribed fires benefit natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future.

January 17th was day 1 of 2 for the controlled burns and a total of 21 acres were burned in Big Pines and 15 acres in Pine Flats at the Crystal Lake Recreation Area near State Route 39 above Azusa, CA.

“Firefighters work alongside local air quality personnel to regulate prescribed fires and allow it only when air quality can be protected to avoid impacts,” stated the agency.

controlled burn by the Angeles National Forest
(Photo: Angeles National Forest)
(Firefighters must be prepared with proper equipment, training, and protective wear to work on wildfires. Personal protective equipment includes fire-resistant pants and shirts, a helmet, eye protection, gloves, leather boots, and a fire shelter. These are some of the many items that firefighters carry while fighting wildfires. Photo courtesy of Angeles National Forest)

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