The Plumas National Forest is planning to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce hazardous fuels, and improve ecosystem health. Planned projects include burning piled materials, low to moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor, and moderate to high intensity broadcast burning of brush. The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface, to promote more diverse and resilient ecosystems, and improve habitat for wildlife.
The burns will take place on the Beckwourth, Mount Hough, and Feather River Ranger Districts between now and March 2014. The actual dates of ignition will depend on local weather and fuel conditions.
All prescribed fire projects will be 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.
Visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke. They may also witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.
Following is a list of prescribed fire projects (with acreage and locations) currently planned:
Beckwourth Ranger District
- Maybe Underburn – 350 acres, near Whitehawk Ranch
- Blakeless Underburn – 135 acres, north of Lake Davis
- Jackson Hand Piles – 150 acres, along Highway 89/70 between Blairsden and Cromberg
- Grizz Grapple Piles – 350 acres, near Walker Mine, north of Cromberg
- Clark’s and Thompson Aspen Piles – 350 acres of hand and grapple piles, northeast of Antelope Lake
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Don Fregulia (530) 836-7176
Mount Hough Ranger District
- Meadow Valley Underburn – 450 Acres, 60 acres south of Snake Lake, 120 acres immediately east of Meadow Valley, and 270 acres south of Tamarack Flat
- Refuge Broadcast Burn – 150 acres, north of Quincy, west of Rhinehart Meadow
- Wolf Creek Bear Grass Enhancement Underburn – 10 acres, southeast of Canyon Dam along FS road 27N80
- American Valley Hand Piles – 95 acres, 45 acres immediately south of East Quincy, 20 acres north of Thompson Valley, 18 acres east of American Valley along Highway 70, and 12 acres north of Chandler Road between Chandler and Taylor Creeks
- Bucks Lake Hand Piles – 8 acres, along Bucklin road north of Thompson Lake
- Canyon Dam – 2 acres of hand piles immediately west of Canyon Dam along Highway 89
- Chip-munk Roadside Piles – 300 acres of roadside machine piles in the Chips Fire area, south of Lake Almanor
- Empire Timber Sales – 39 machine piles, 12 piles southeast of Butterfly Valley, and 27 piles south of Peppard Flat
- Maidu Stewardship Hand Piles – 206 acres, north of Greenville along Highway 89
- Rich Webber’s Milk Vetch Hand Piles – 20 acres, Rich Gulch to Deadwood Saddle, west of Twain
- Twain Hand Piles – 140 acres, immediately west of Twain, both sides of Highway 70
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Steve Causemaker at (530) 283-7639
Feather River Ranger District
- Slapjack Underburn – 450 acres, in and around the communities of Challenge, Woodleaf, and Clipper Mills. Smoke may be visible from Brownsville, Challenge, Forbestown, Camptonville, Woodleaf, Clipper Mills and Strawberry Valley.
- Feather River District Piles – 200 acres, in the areas of Concow, LaPorte, Challenge and the Granite Basin and along Watson Ridge.
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Deirdre Cherry at (530) 532-7436