AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe piles contain tree limbs, chaparral and other types of forest vegetation that would otherwise be lying on the forest floor. Firefighters stay on the scene during the burn and after the flames subside and the pile is hot. Crews also continually evaluate the weather and fuel conditions, officials said. Crews have already been out in the forest burning. On Tuesday alone, Miller estimated crews burned some 500 piles. “Some areas do get a lot of these piles,” Miller said. “And we can burn 800 to 1,000 piles in a day.” The agency has also been putting the word out as a way to ease the fears of mountain visitors, many of whom are unaware of the program and who might be alarmed at seeing smoke rising from the forest, Miller said. Tis the season to burn debris, say U.S. Forest Service officials. Chilly weather conditions have allowed the fire crews to burn piles of what they call slash and debris that have accumulated throughout the San Bernardino National Forest, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller. “We’re building piles during the summer and burning them in the winter,” Miller said. “That allows us to get rid of unnecessary fuel.” That means less things to burn during the dry and warm fire season. The smoking is normal and the burning is necessary and effective, he said. In an area off of Sonoma and Brentwood drives in Lake Arrowhead, 244 acres were cleared and rehabilitated as part of the Tunnell II project, Miller said. During the Grass Valley Fire in late October, flames burned right to the area and stalled. “When it ran into the project area, it basically became a ground fire,” Miller said. The most recent efforts to clear the debris have been focused in part of the Angelus Oaks area along Highway 38. Miller anticipated crews to begin burning slash piles northeast of Lake Arrowhead in January. Fuel reduction projects near mountain communities will continue through the spring and summer months, according to a Forest Service news release. The projects include removing dead trees, and thinning, creating and stacking of even more piles of dense brush that will burn during this wet season, officials said. The pile burning locations are: Northeast Lake Arrowhead – East of Yosemite, Yellowstone, Banff and the Northshore Campground. Smoke will be visible from Lake Arrowhead, Green Valley and from Highway 18 near the Heaps Peak Transfer Station. Barton Flats/Angelus Oaks – Above and below Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks and Jenks Lake. Smoke and flames will be visible from the highway in the area. Motorists traveling along Highway 18 in the Arctic Circle near Snow Valley will see smoke from the project that will occasionally be visible from Highway 330. [email protected] (909) 386-3854160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!