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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CA-STF Prescribed fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest [MAPS]

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Prescribed Fires




Prescribed fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Beginning on Wednesday, April 6th

Release Date: Apr 6, 2016

REDDING, Calif., April 5, 2016 – Beginning on Wednesday, April 6th, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will conduct three prescribed fire operations to remove ground fuels on National Forest System lands.

On April 6th, the Trinity River Management Unit will be burning up to 95 acres in the Browns Concentration project area, located northeast of Weaverville off the French Gulch Road. (To see a map, click here.) Ignitions should begin around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday and smoke may be visible in the area for the next few days. For more information on this prescribed burn, contact the Weaverville Ranger Station at (530) 623-2121.

During April 6-7th, the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit will be burning up 200 acres as part of the McIntosh project area, located north of Highway 89 approximately 18 miles east of McCloud.(To see a map, click here.) Smoke will be visible from Highway 89 near Bartle. Smoke impacts to the highway will be minimal. For more information on this prescribed burn, contact the McCloud Ranger Station at (530) 964-2184.

Beginning on Thursday, April 7th, the National Recreation Area Management Unit will burn up to 1200 acres on Green Mountain, which is located north of Redding, near the confluence of the Squaw and Pit Arms of Shasta Lake. (To see a map, click here.)The project is part of the Green Mountain Vegetation Management Project which totals approximately 6,500 acres of prescribed fire. The fire will create smoke that will be visible from many areas on the eastern portion of Shasta Lake, along Interstate 5 near Bridge Bay, and the Silverthorn and Jones Valley areas. Implementation is planned to take approximately 2 days. Smoke may continue to be visible a few days following the prescribed fire. For more information about this prescribed burn, please call the Shasta Lake Ranger Station at (530) 275-1587

All project start dates are dependent upon several factors, such as favorable weather and site conditions. Fire Managers will be evaluating conditions and working with the Air Quality Management District to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions.

There are several benefits to prescribed fire. Dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels that occur between ground fuels and tree crowns will be reduced within prescribed fire areas, making future fire suppression efforts safer while also enhancing habitat for species such as bald eagles, Shasta Salamanders, deer, elk, and turkey. Prescribed fire and other restoration activities on the landscape also improve recreational opportunities for Forest visitors.

For more information or updates about burn progress, please call the Ranger Station phone numbers listed above or visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4124. To learn more about the use of prescribed fire to promote, protect, and conserve Northern California's fire adapted landscapes, please visit http://www.norcalrxfirecouncil.org/.



Contact Information:
Contact: Andrea Crain, Public Affairs Officer, (530) 226-2500
Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 226-2500
711 (TTY) All Offices

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