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Deer habitat improvement burn almost finished

Release Date: Oct 28, 2013  

Young Deer from the Sloat Deer Herd

Quincy, CA.  - Forest Service firefighters will soon complete the last 100-plus acres of a prescribed burn designed to improve the brush, grasses and other vegetation used for food by deer and other wildlife in the Mt. Hough State Game Refuge on the Plumas National Forest. “Fire gets rid of the dense, tough older vegetation and causes plants to sprout, providing access and tender, more nutritious food,” said Mt. Hough District Ranger Mike Donald. In addition, the area will be more “fire-safe” should a wildfire start below or within the treated area.

The California Deer Association, Mule Deer Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife are partners in the project, largely accomplished last spring.

The burn will be very visible in the Quincy area (American Valley) although smoke will likely be visible for longer distances, including Indian Valley and beyond. Firefighters have already circled the burn area with control lines using existing roads and building lines where needed.

Air quality is a significant consideration of the timing of this project.  Personnel will carefully monitor local weather conditions and work closely with the local air district and forecasters to prevent serious smoke impacts, although minor impacts may be observed in Quincy and Indian Valley in the morning or evening hours due to local air inversions.

For more information, please contact Colin Dillingham, district wildlife biologist or Steve Causemaker, district fuels officer at (530) 283-0555. A map of the project is available on the forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas .