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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CA-STF- VDTS Prescribed Underburn, Experimental Forest South of Pinecrest, Summit Ranger District #CaFire

Experimental Forest VDTS Prescribed Burn, Summit Ranger DistrictNote: This project is a planned prescribed fire. Please do not report as a wildland fire. 

When: Prescribed Burn will commence in late October 2013 or early November 2013. Burn days will vary slightly and are contingent on weather, fuel moisture, and air quality. All burning is monitored and conducted in accordance with state and county air quality guidelines and closely coordinated with local county air quality control districts

Where: South of Pinecrest and adjacent to Forest Service Roads 4N26 (Crabtree Road), 4N68Y (Sheering Creek Road), and 4N10. The underburn is divided into 4 units, ranging in size from 24 to 52 acres. 
Exact Locations: Township 4N Range 18E Sections 21, 22, 27, 28. 
Experimental Forest VDTS Prescribed Burn Project Map
What: Underburn of low intensity. A total of 141 acres are to be treated with low-intensity fire, with planned ignition on approximately 50 acres daily. The underburn is divided into 4 units, ranging in size from 24 to 52 acres. Number of acres completed may vary with weather and fuel moisture conditions, as well as permissible air quality burn days.

Why: Reduce the buildup of flammable forest fuels, both ground fuels and ladder fuels; reduce the threat of uncontrolled, large and damaging fires; Maintain vital fuel-breaks to slow or halt the spread of wildfire; Protect wildlife habitat;
 Complete treatments that are being conducted as part of the Variable Density Thinning Study;
Reintroduce fire into the ecosystem.
 Prescribed burning is an effective cost efficient method of reducing the surface fuel (vegetation) loading.
The resource benefit is a decrease in hazardous fuel and re-introducing fire into the ecosystem.


WhoThe prescribed burn will be implemented in partnership with the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSWRS) and is being conducted as part of the PSWRS’s Variable Density Thinning Study (VDTS).


Air Quality: Smoke may be visible along the Highway 108 corridor, FS Roads 4N26, 4N68Y, and 4N10. There will be smoke in drainage's adjacent to and downriver of the prescribed burn during the night and early morning. 

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