Mastication (mechanical thinning) of brush, small understory trees and downed woody fuels happening on approximately 300 acres of National Forest System land near Washington Ridge and Cooper roads. Work will occur throughout the summer and into fall.
Work areas for this project will be signed. The public is urged to exercise caution in the area, as contractors will be operating equipment, including masticating/chipping machinery that can throw debris up to 300 feet.
There may be temporary detours of some trails, which will be clearly signed.
For more information, please contact the Yuba River Ranger District at (530) 288-3231.
The Western States Trail was closed from the east side of Deadwood Ridge at the well and across the canyon up to the Pacific Slab Mine. The trail is now fully open and all signs should be removed by 4/24/2015.
Foresthill, California - The American River Ranger District on the Tahoe National Forest will discontinue implementation of most planned prescribed burning projects effective immediately. Persistent dry and warm weather and an early onset of spring/summer forest fuel moisture levels have increased the risk of exceeding desired prescribed fire intensity and fuel consumption targets beyond acceptable levels. The Forest Service will resume prescribed burning if conditions become favorable, and will continue to reduce dense stands of trees and brush using mechanical thinning and hand removal of vegetation. All of these methods are important tools in reducing the size and frequency of high intensity wildfires, and promote forest health.
With the onset of wet weather, the Tahoe National Forest initiates prescribed burns that will occur throughout the fall, winter, and spring as conditions allow.
Prescribed burns may be underburns, where standing brush or small diameter trees are burned underneath the canopy of larger trees, or they may be pile burns, where vegetation has been previously stacked during thinning operations. The Forest Service only initiates prescribed fire when conditions are within the right weather "prescription," including humidity, temperature, and wind speed and direction. Moisture levels within the vegetation itself are also considered. Forest Service fire managers work diligently with air quality management districts to minimize smoke impacts to communities.
For questions concerning prescribed burn dates, sizes, or locations, please contact your local ranger district office.
Recent storms have brought snow to the Forest. If you plan on going into the higher elevations, please stay informed of current conditions and be prepared for slippery roads, cold temperatures, and possible snow. For highway conditions, contact 1-800-427-7623 or go to the Caltrans website - http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi
The Deep Creek Road (#89-015) off Hwy 89 south, near Goose Meadows campground, is closed for resource protection Aug. 19 to Sept. 15, 2014, and from Nov. 1, 2014, to Sept. 15, 2015. This is per Forest Order # 17-14-05.
Regional Foresters and Forest Supervisors may issue orders that will close or restrict the use of certain areas if the need arises. Such orders will be posted so that visitors to the National Forest can reasonably be expected to be familiar with them. Copies of the orders will be available in the offices of Forest Supervisors and District Rangers. Follow the link listed above to view and read the Forest Orders.