SUSANVILLE, Calif., April 17, 2017 – Now that spring weather conditions allow for safe and effective burning, Lassen National Forest fire officials are implementing prescribed burning projects across the forest. These initiatives are designed to reduce the threat and severity of catastrophic fires across the landscape by removing highly flammable vegetation from the forest.
The following spring burn projects are tentatively scheduled:
The Almanor Ranger District is planning to implement a prescribed fire in the Cold Spring Hill area.
The Hat Creek Ranger District is planning to implement prescribed burning within three (3) main areas, including the Juniper Hole area, Old Station, and in the Blacks Ridge area.
The Eagle Lake Ranger District is preparing to implement the spring prescribed fire program. The district burning will focus on three (3) areas, including the Crater Mountain area, Logan Mountain area and around Dow Butte. Smoke from these burns may be visible from Susanville, the Eagle Lake Basin, Westwood, Spalding, from Highways 44 and 139 and County Roads A1 and A21. Burning will begin as weather conditions allow for safe and efficient burning conditions.
Burning could continue throughout the spring, as long as air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and fuel moisture remain within desired ranges. Notices and signs will be posted along major roadways during active burn operations and while smoke remains.
The prescribed burn program is designed to:
Prescribed fires are also used to help create Defensible Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZs), areas where a combination of thinning and prescribed fire treatments are used to reduce surface, ladder, and canopy fuels. The DFPZs are designed to facilitate fire suppression efforts, protect communities adjacent to national forest lands during a wildfire, and help return the landscape to one that is more fire-resilient.
For more information about the upcoming Almanor Ranger District burn project, contact Jeff St. Clair, District Fuels Officer at (530) 258-5450.
For more information about Hat Creek Ranger District burn projects, contact Dale Newby, District Fuels Officer at (530) 336-5521.
For more information about Eagle Lake Ranger District burn projects, contact Chuck Lewis, District Fuels Specialist at (530) 252-5832.
Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources. For more information, call (530) 257-2151 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/lassen.
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