Prescribed Fire

Firefighter working with a drip torch on the Harris Prescribed Fire October 12, 2018

Firefighter using a drip torch to ignite Harris Prescribed Understory Fire on October 12, 2018 northeast of McCloud, CA (photograph by Liz Younger, Forest Fire Planner)

As temperatures drop and the first precipitation of the season is forecast to arrive soon, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is beginning its preparations for fall, winter and spring prescribed fire projects.

“The 2018 fire season has provided significant firefighting challenges for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, our partners and cooperators. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the forest will continue to use tools such as prescribed burning in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems and improve safety of communities within the wildland urban interface,” explained Forest Fire Management Officer Ben Newburn.

Pre-planned prescribed fire projects may take place at specific locations across the forest from October through June 2019. Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Planned projects include burn piles and low intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the prescribed burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest and improve habitat for wildlife.

“With the expected cool and wet weather this weekend, our first prescribed fire projects are being planned north and east of McCloud,” explained Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist Heather McRae. “These 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.”

Pre-ignition public notifications will be provided to local media outlets and will also be posted on the Forest’s www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF and www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF pages. Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted and some may see or smell smoke. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local fire and government authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.

Following is a list of prescribed fire projects currently planned for this fall, winter and spring:  

National Recreation Area (NRA – Shasta Lake area)

O’Brien Mtn. near Packers Bay, northeast of Jones Valley between Squaw and Pit arm of Shasta Lake, west of Lakeshore between Charlie Creek and Little Dog Creek, north of Lakeshore along Forest Road, in Lakeshore area proper off of Lakeshore drive and near Antlers marina and west of Jones Valley in the Silverthorn area.

South Fork Management Unit (SFMU –Wildwood, Platina, and Hayfork area)

Sims Reforestation Site Prep and Roadside/Landline Buffer hand piles: 10 miles north/northwest of Hyampom; Harrison Gulch Administrative Compound Prescribed Fire: Harrison Gulch RD Compound, 3 miles west of Platina; Upper Harrison Gulch Small Project hand piles: 4 miles northwest of Platina; 2015 Fires Reforestation site prep and plantation thinning hand piles: vicinity of Barker Mountain (approx. 8 miles NE of Hayfork) and Plummer Peak (approx. 4 miles S of Hayfork); Trinity Post-Fire Hazard Reduction hand piles: approx. 3 miles N of Hyampom; Buck Fire Suppression Repair piles: approx. 15 miles S of Wildwood; Texas Spider landing piles: approx. 8 mile SW of Wildwood; Westside IRTC landing piles: approx. 8 miles NW of Forest Glen. 

Shasta McCloud Management Unit (SMMU – Mt. Shasta and McCloud areas)

McCloud Flats area east and northeast of McCloud: near Harris Mountain, Cattle Camp Campground, Pilgrim Creek snowmobile Park, Mud Meadow, Hambone Butte; and northeast of Mt. Shasta City.

Trinity River Management Unit (TRMU – Big Bar and Weaverville area)

Trinity Lake area: Long Canyon roadside hand piles west of Lone Canyon Estates, Papoose roadside hand piles east of Trinity Dam, Red Flat roadside hand piles west of Trinity Helibase, and Lake Forest Plantations broadcast burn and pile burn west of Cedar Stock and north of Stuarts Fork.

Weaverville area: Blue Rock Road broadcast burn 3 miles northeast of Weaverville.

Trinity River area Junction City to Burnt Ranch: Hocker Meadow roadside hand piles west of Junction City, Helena Suppression Repair Piles south of Junction City and south of Big Bar, Corral Bottom hand piles at the junction of Forest Road 4N16 & 4N47 south of Big Bar, and the Trinity Post Fire Hazard Reduction hand piles near Hyampom Mountain, Underwood Mountain, and Pattison Peak.

Prescribed burning may also occur intermittently at Forest Service Fire Stations, Ranger Stations and Campgrounds.





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