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Controlled burns planned Monday between Banning and Idyllwild

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Smoke and flames may be visible from as far as Hemet today as firefighters burn fallen tree limbs and other natural debris at a fire station in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The intentional slash pile burn began this morning on the grounds of the Vista Grande Fire Station between Banning and Idyllwild on Highway 243and will continue throughout the day, according to the forest service.

Prescribed burns are routinely used during the winter season to clear spaces that might otherwise provide fuel for wildfires in the late spring and summer.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the USFS Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2922.

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