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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

An inside look at a prescribed burn on Thomas Mountain


Last updated 4/4/2018 at 4:40am

Shane Gibson

Firefighter Pedro Barba of the Mill Creek Hot Shots ignites vegetation with a drip torch during a prescribed fire operation on Thomas Mountain, April 2.

Twigs and brush crackled in bright orange flames, ash rained from the sky and a plume of gray smoke rose into the air on Thomas Mountain earlier this week as dozens of firefighters worked methodically to contain a swath of flames.

The scene, seemingly chaotic at first glance, was actually part of a prescribed burn by U.S. Forest Service firefighters that had been planned out long in advance in an effort to reduce grasses and twigs that could help a fire spread. The operation was being done primarily to help protect the nearby Garner Valley and Anza Valley areas, according to firefighter Ma...

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