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Update: A Forest Service Captain's View of Oak Glen, Yucaipa and Crafton Hills

Oak Glen from Yucaipa Ridge, Dec. 2, 2013. Photo by USFS Capt. James Peterson.
Oak Glen from Yucaipa Ridge, Dec. 2, 2013. Photo by USFS Capt. James Peterson.
Update 1 a.m. A Forest Service captain on a fuels reduction project above Oak Glen took a photo Monday that includes the Crafton Hills area burned by the fast-moving Mill Fire in June.

The Mill Fire was allegedly started by an accused arsonist and prompted evacuations in the Mentone-Yucaipa area as it ripped through more than 500 acres on June 28.

Posted at 5:50 p.m. Capt. James Peterson of the U.S. Forest Service Oak Glen Station was on a fuels reduction project Monday when he took this photo looking southwest from Yucaipa Ridge.

Peterson and his crew were thinning brush on Yucaipa Ridge. The photo was taken at 2:43 p.m. Dec. 2, Peterson's wife Cynthia Peterson said.

San Bernardino National Forest personnel began this winter season's prescribed burn program in November.

Winter burning projects reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health, as weather and conditions permit, John Miller of the Forest Service said.

For more info about prescribed burns in the San Bernardino National Forest call:

- Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center (909) 382-2790

- Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851

- Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922

- Mill Creek Work Center (909) 382-2882

- Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (760) 862-9984

The San Bernardino National Forest covers more than 1,000 square miles in mountain ranges of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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