News Release

For Release:  Oct. 1, 2008             
Contact:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or (530) 262-1147 (cell)
CA-N-09-1

BLM Plans Prescribed Fire Near Nelson Corral Reservoir

Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be igniting a prescribed fire near Nelson Corral Reservoir in northern Lassen County.
 
Crews hope to begin the 1,700-acre Arrowhead Prescribed Fire project during mid-October.  Burning will continue for several weeks on days when weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning. 
 
Jerry Wheeler, fire management officer for the BLM Alturas Field Office, said the fire is designed to improve wildlife habitat by removing encroaching Western juniper trees and creating a vegetation "mosaic" of brush, grasses and trees.  The fire will also improve forage for livestock.
 
"For their safety, we ask that people stay out of the Nelson Corral area while the fire is in progress," Wheeler said.
 
Smoke will be visible along the Highway 395 corridor from Alturas to south of Madeline.

-BLM-

Alturas Field Office     708 West 12th St.,     Alturas, CA  96101