DUNLAP, Calif.—The US Forest Service has proposed prescribed burns in portions of the Sequoia National Forest to control wildfires and manage the wilderness.

The Fresno Bee reports ( http://bit.ly/11CaUeN) the proposal would burn 6,000 to 9,000 acres of the Boulder Creek drainage area east of Dunlap.

Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Alonzo says most of the area hasn't burned in over a century.

The project could take five years to complete as crews limit burning times to when weather and smoke dispersal are acceptable.

The agency is welcoming public comment on the Boulder Creek Fuels Restoration Project proposal. The environmental document is available at the Hume Lake Ranger District Office in Dunlap, or by contacting the Forest Service.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com