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Friday, October 5, 2012

USFS: Six Rivers National Forest to Begin Fall Burning

 Eureka, October 5, 2012– Prescribed burning projects will begin this fall on the Six Rivers National Forest (NF or Forest), as weather and fuel conditions moderate from the hot and dry conditions of summer.  “These projects are part of the Forest’s efforts to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations that could contribute to extreme fire behavior should a wildfire occur,” according to Deputy Fire Chief Mike Beasley. “Other projects are designed to restore meadows and oak stands.  Prescribed fire techniques include understory burning(UB), handpile burning (HP) and jackpot burning (JP).”  


Prescribed burning, which typically occurs in the fall and spring, is accomplished by following a Prescribed Fire Burn Plan that outlines a set of environmental and logistical conditions to meet specific resource objectives.  These conditions include fuel moisture, humidity, temperature, wind speed/direction and smoke column dispersal and direction.  The Forest works closely with the National Weather Service and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District to comply with state and federal burning regulations for our area.

Lower Trinity Ranger District

Acres
Type
Project name
Location
District Contact
25
HP
Pile burning
Junction of South Fork and Hennessy Ridge Roads
Andrew Spain (530) 629-4487 or Paul Johnson (530) 629-4137

HP
Administrative sites


Smoke may be visible from Highways 299 or 96 in the Salyer and Willow Creek areas.

Orleans/Ukonom Ranger District

Acres
Type
Project Name
Location
District Contact
261
UB
Hazel Vegetation Mgmt
near Deer Lick Saddle south of Orleans
Zack Taylor (530) 627-3287 or Jason Ownbey (530) 627-3255
139
HP
Orleans Community Fuels Reduction-OCFR
Several sites near Orleans


HP
Administrative sites
Orleans RS, Ti Bar & Oak Bottom Stations

Smoke may be visible from Highway 96 and various county roads.

Mad River Ranger District

Mad River RD will be burning about 200 acres.
Acres
Type
Project
Location
District Contact

PB/JB
Mad Ridge Fuelbreak
West side of Ruth Lake, south of the Devil’s Backbone
Nancy Curran (707) 574-6878 or (707) 574-6233

PB/JB
Little Gulch Timber Sale
South of Ruth


PB/JB
Van Duzen Vegetation Management area
Along Van Duzen Road


PB/JB
Administrative sites
Mad River Ranger Station and Ruth & Zenia Guard Stations

Smoke may be visible from Highway 36 and various county roads.

Smith River National Recreation Area (NRA)/Gasquet Ranger District

Acres
Type
Project
Location
District Contact
282
UB
Elk Camp Fuel Break
Public meeting will be held before starting, TBA
NE of Gasquet near North Fork Loop Road
Sheila Balent (707) 457-3968 or Duane Franklin (707) 457-3857
98
UB
Big Flat Project
FS Road 17N07

96
UB
Coon Mountain Meadow Restoration
Lower Coon Mountain Road

39
PB
Coon Mountain Project
Lower Coon Mountain Road

337
PB
Big Flat Project
FS Road 17N07

Smoke will be visible from the town of Gasquet on Highway 199, South Fork Road and French Hill Road, but should not affect travel on Highway 199..


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