Burns reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health
Quincy, CA. - Plumas National Forest officials have started to conduct a number of prescribed burns this fall to reduce hazardous fuels and improve ecosystem health. "To the extent economically feasible, we've removed all merchantable materials prior to burning," said Earl Ford, Forest Supervisor. Planned projects include burning piled materials, low to moderate intensity understory vegetation burns 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 Districts between now and March 2015. The actual dates of ignition will depend on local weather and fuel conditions.
All prescribed fire 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.
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 are 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 for this fall:
Beckwourth Ranger District
* Dotta Underburn - 350 acres, north of Beckwourth/Sierra Valley
* Freeman Underburn - 350 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola
* Freeman Piles - 100 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola
* Turner Timber Sale Piles - 50 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola
* Jackson Hand Piles - 150 acres, along Highway 89/70 between Blairsden/Graeagle and Cromberg.
* McDermott-Lee Summit Piles - 350 acres, near Walker Mine, north of Sloat/Cromberg.
* Clark's Aspen Piles - 350 acres of hand and grapple piles, north of Frenchman Lake, east of Doyle.
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Don Fregulia (530) 836-7176
Mount Hough Ranger District
* Meadow Valley Underburn - 390 acres, 150ac east of Meadow Valley, 130ac east of Deanes Valley, and 110ac south of Tamarack Flat
* Empire Underburn-300 acres, 175ac near Four Corners north of Quincy, 125ac northeast of Massack
* Wolf Creek Bear Grass Underburn - 10 acres, southeast of Canyon Dam along FS road 27N80
* American Valley Hand Piles - 138 acres, 115ac south of East Quincy, 23ac north of Thompson Valley
* Bucks Lake Hand and Machine Piles - 77 acres, campgrounds, Haskins Valley, and Thompson Lake
* Chips Reforestation Piles - 925 acres of grapple piles in the Chips Fire area, south of Lake Almanor.
* Corridor Hand Piles - 11 acres west of Mt. Hough Ranger Station
* Empire Hand Piles - 10 acres north of Quincy near Mt. Hough Rd.
* Keddie Rock Cress - 15 acres, northwest of Round Valley Reservoir
* Maidu Stewardship Hand Piles - 239 acres, north of Greenville along Highway 89
* Twain Broom Piles - 20 acres, north of Highway 70 along Kingsbury Grade
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Megan Martinez at (530) 283-7672.
Feather River Ranger District
* Slapjack Underburn - 350 acres, Slapjack DFPZ Units near the community of Woodleaf, and along Oregon Hill Road south of Challenge.
* Feather River District Piles
o Concow Plantation - 54 acres along Rim Road.
o Sunset Hand Piles - 24 acres near Sunset Lookout, Forbestown.
o Woodleaf/Kanaka - 89 acres, Feather Falls/Ponderosa reservoir.
o Meadow Enhancement - 13 acres near Forbestown and Feather Falls area.
o Cemetery Restoration - 10 acres near the historic towns of Port Wine, Howland Flat and St. Louis.
o Ararat-Grizzly Timber Sale Piles - 15 acres near the Bucks Lake/Granite Basin area.
o Stag Point Timber Sale Piles - 84 landing piles above La Porte.
o Little Grass Valley - 2 acres near Little Grass Valley Campground.
o Meadow Enhancement - 11 acres near Camel Peak and Little Grass Valley .
o La Porte Hazardous Fuels Reduction Piles - 5 acres near Scales area.
o Meadow Enhancement - 2 acres near Sunset Lookout.
o Slapjack Timber Sale Piles - 17 acres near Challenge and Clipper Mills.
o Scales Deck Timber Sale Piles - 1 acres near Slate Creek and County Road 2.
o Slapjack Hand and Dozer Piles - 42 acres near Woodleaf, Challenge and Bullards Bar Reservoir.
o Burnt Bridge Hand Piles - 10 acres south of Challenge along Oregon Hill Road.
o Oregon Peak Hand Piles - 19 acres near Oregon Peak Lookout.
For more information contact Fuels Specialist Jason Vermillion at (530) 532-7434
Plumas National Forest Supervisor's Office
159 Lawrence Street
Quincy, CA 95971
(530) 283-7850 (office)
(530) 386-6440 (cell)