EUREKA, California, September 28, 2017 – With the arrival of fall weather, the Six Rivers National Forest is transitioning to prescribed fire season. This means the forest will be implementing safe and effective use of prescribed fire when the conditions are favorable.
The Six Rivers National Forest has worked closely with the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership, the Trinity County Collaborative Group, and the Smith River Collaborative to develop projects that will promote safer, healthier, and more resilient landscapes, while boosting local economic opportunities. With the use of prescribed fire and other treatments (including timber harvest), the Six Rivers National Forest aims to reduce the severity of fires around people and homes, while ensuring for firefighter safety.
“During this long and busy fire season, previous years’ prescribed burns helped firefighters gain an advantage. Those areas served as strategic fuel breaks to slow the fire’s progression and created safer, low intensity fire. Although not a new concept, people are recognizing the tremendous benefits from prescribed burns. Given this great fall weather, as we shift from fighting the wildfires, we will focus our attention to lighting our prescribed burns,” says Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr.
Prescribed burning is anticipated in the following locations:
Smith River NRA-Gasquet District
Orleans/Ukonom Ranger Districts
Lower Trinity Ranger District
Mad River Ranger District
Prior to any burning, the forest works with the National Weather Service and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties) and the Northeast Air Alliance (Siskiyou County) to ensure compliance with state and federal burning regulations.
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