The U.S. Forest Service intends to conduct several prescribed burning projects this week throughout the San Bernardino National Forest and in the San Jacinto Ranger District.

Today, the burn will be at the Kenworthy Fire Station in Garner Valley. Tomorrow, the Forest Service plans to burn more piles near the Vista Grande Fire Station north of Pine Cove.

Next week, there may be burns along the Pine Cove and Westrridge fuel breaks. These will be to the west of Pine Cove and southwest of Idyllwild.

The specific day and time are determined the day before based on weather conditions, staffing availability and air quality. If conditions worsen between then and the next morning, plans may be canceled.

Many burns are planned for this winter and the weather this week is an opportunity to conduct them.

Piles, which are burned, are the result of forest thinning of shrubs and low-hanging tree branches.

Smoke may be seen in the air. Drivers in the area should slow down for personnel on the sides of local roads.

For more information and background on this and other prescribed fires, can be found online at The public can also check in on planned prescribed burns by calling 909-382-2711 or following the forest on Twitter at @SanBernardinoNF.