As part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s hazardous fuels reduction efforts, crews will conduct prescribed fire across pre-planned locations across the forest as weather and fuel conditions permit. Prescribed fire is a proactive tool used to achieve a number of purposes, including the reduction of hazardous fuels, which decreases the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires. It also reduces the risk of insect and disease outbreak, recycles nutrients that increase soil productivity and improves wildlife habitat. The actual days of ignition for prescribed burning will depend on several factors including appropriate humidity levels, wind speed and direction, temperature, and fuel moisture. Burns only occur on days when weather conditions exist for good smoke dispersal.
Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Smoke may be visible, but these fires are all carefully monitored and local fire departments are aware of prescribed fire activity. Get updates on prescribed burns on the Forest's Facebook and Twitter pages:
Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HumboldtToiyabeNF/
Humboldt-Toiyabe Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumboldtToiyabe
The following is a list of prescribed fire projects currently planned for 2021 to be implemented as local weather and fuel conditions allow:
Bridgeport Ranger District
- Twin Lakes: Approximately 65 acres of pile burning is planned for the Twin Lakes area, 10 miles southeast of Bridgeport, California. Piles are located on the south side of Upper Twin Lake, and also behind the Twin Lakes Resort on Lower Twin Lake.
- Mill: Approximately 288 acres of pile burning is planned in the Mill Canyon area southwest of Walker, California, off U.S. Route 395.
- 4 Mile: Approximately 51 acres of pile burning in the 4 Mile Hill project area on the west side of Highway 338 south of Desert Creek road.
- East Walker: Approximately 29 acres of pile burning in the East Walker project area on the east side of Highway 338 in between Risue Road and the Sweetwater Summit area.
For more information, contact the Bridgeport Ranger District at 760-932-7070.
Carson Ranger District
- Clear Creek: Approximately 42 acres of pile burning is planned in the Clear Creek Fuels Reduction Project area two miles south of Carson City, Nevada. The burning will occur in the Clear Creek drainage off U.S Highway 50 below Spooner Summit.
- Genoa: Approximately 30 acres of pile burning in the Genoa Project area just west of Genoa, Nevada, and along Nevada State Route 207.
- Arrowhawk: Approximately 60 acres of pile burning is planned in the Arrowhawk Fuels Reduction Project area five miles southwest of Reno, Nevada. Burning will occur in the Mount Rose area near Timberline Road in the Thomas Creek and Whites Creek areas.
- North Washoe: Approximately 109 acres of pile burning is planned in the North Washoe Valley Fuels Reduction Project area, 10 miles south of Reno, Nevada. The piles are located behind the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory west of Interstate 580.
- Little Valley: Approximately 106 acres of pile burning is planned in the Little Valley Fuels Reduction area near Washoe Valley about two miles west of Washoe City, Nevada, and 15 miles south of Reno, Nevada.
- Manzanita: Approximately 55 acres of pile burning is planned in the Manzanita Fuels Reduction Project, just south of Woodfords, California, on California State Route 88 in Woodfords Canyon.
- Markleevillage: Approximately 119 acres of pile burning is planned in the Markleevillage Fuels Reduction Project just west of Markleeville, California.
- Scotts: Approximately 82 acres of pile burning is planned in the Scotts Green Fuelwood Project near the intersection of California State Route 88 and 89 in Hope Valley.
- Dog Valley: Approximately 100 acres of pile burning is planned in the Dog Valley Fuels Reduction Project area located north and northwest Verdi, California. The project area is near Summit One and along Forest Service Road 002 and 010 near Bordertown Casino and RV Resort.
For more information, contact the Carson Ranger District at 775-882-2766.
Ely Ranger District
- Grant-Quinn Range (Adaven Area): Approximately 300 acres of hand piles will be burned along the Cherry Creek Road and adjacent Forest Service Road 411 (Pine Creek Road) just south of the Grant and Quinn Wildness Areas. The project area is located three hours southwest of Ely, Nevada.
- North Schell Range: Approximately 200 acres of hand piles will be burned along the northwest side of the Schell Range near Fitzhugh Creek. The project area is located 30 miles north of Ely, Nevada.
For more information, contact the Ely Ranger District at 775-289-3031.
Mountain City-Ruby Mountain- Jarbidge Ranger District
- Approximately 1200 acres of hand piles will be burned East of the Bald Mountain Road and south of Jiggs NV. in the Ruby Mountains. The project area is located approximately 33 miles southeast of Elko, Nevada and 25 miles south of Jiggs, Nevada.
For more information, contact the Mountain City-Ruby Mountain-Jarbidge Ranger District at 775-738-5171.
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA-Las Vegas)
- The Kyle Canyon Old Helispot/Administrative Site: Approximately 2 acres of pile burning is planned near mile marker 5 off of Nevada State Route 157 (Kyle Canyon Road), across the road from the Forest Service Fire Station.
- The Lee Canyon Borrow Pit: Approximately 2 acres of pile burning is planned along the north side of the road near mile marker 7 on Nevada State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Road).
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area: Approximately 20 acres of pile burning is planned on the upper area of the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area at the end of Nevada State Route 157 (Kyle Canyon Road).
- Potosi: Approximately 400 acres of pile burning is planned near mile marker 19, off of Nevada State Route 160, 2 miles south on Forest Road 45582 (Potosi Pass Road).
- Camp Stimson: Approximately 10 acres of pile burning is planned near the Deer Creek Picnic Area near mile marker 6, off of Nevada State Route 158 (Deer Creek Highway), near Forest Road 45078.
- Deer Creek Picnic Area: Approximately 3 acres of pile burning is planned near mile marker 6, off of Nevada State Route 158 (Deer Creek Highway).
For more information, contact the SMRNA at 702-872-5486.
Prescribed Fire Questions and Answers: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7310/58958/