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As temperatures drop and the first precipitation of the season arrives, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest begins conducting its fall, winter and spring prescribed fire projects.
Pre-planned prescribed fire projects may take place at specific locations across the forest from November 2020 through June 2021. Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Planned projects include burning piles as well as low-intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and to provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, prescribed burns promote a diverse and more resilient forest and improve habitat for wildlife.
“With the onset of cool temperatures and recent wet weather, our first prescribed fire projects are being planned north and east of McCloud,” explained Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist Heather McRae. “These projects are conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.”
Pre-ignition public notifications will be provided to local media outlets and will also be posted on the Forest’s www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF and www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF pages.
Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. People may see or smell smoke, though should not be alarmed. The fires are carefully monitored. Local fire and government authorities are notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.
Following is a list of prescribed fire projects currently planned for this fall, winter and spring:
National Recreation Area (NRA – Shasta Lake area): O’Brien Mtn. near Packers Bay, northeast of Jones Valley between Squaw and Pit arm of Shasta Lake, west of Lakeshore between Charlie Creek and Little Dog Creek, north of Lakeshore along Forest Road, in Lakeshore area proper off of Lakeshore drive and near Antlers marina and west of Jones Valley in the Silverthorn area.
South Fork Management Unit (SFMU –Wildwood, Platina, and Hayfork area): Sims Roadside/Landline Buffer hand piles near Hyampom, Ewing Interagency Prescribed Fire near Ewing Reservoir, Goods Prescribed Fire near Wildwood; Upper Harrison Gulch Small Project hand piles near Platina; 2015 Fires Reforestation site prep and plantation thinning hand piles in vicinity of Barker Mountain, Blue Point and Plummer Peak, Trinity Post-Fire Hazard Reduction hand piles, Buck Fire Suppression Repair piles and Texas Spider landing piles near Wildwood, Westside IRTC landing piles near Forest Glen, and Harrison Gulch Administrative Compound Broadcast Burn near Platina.
Shasta McCloud Management Unit (SMMU – Mt. Shasta and McCloud areas): McCloud Flats area east and northeast of McCloud, northeast of Mt. Shasta City, near Snowman’s Summit, and southeast of Castle Crags State Park.
Trinity River Management Unit (TRMU – Big Bar and Weaverville area): Pattison Peak, Underwood Mountain, Denny Road and Bell Flat on the Big Bar District. Areas on the Weaverville District include Trinity Dam, Trinity Mountain, Dog Creek, Long Canyon and the Weaverville Community Forest.
Prescribed burning may also occur intermittently at Forest Service Fire Stations, Ranger Stations and Campgrounds.
Prescribed Fire Questions and Answers: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7268/58821/.