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Susanville Interagency Fire Center
Release Date: 12/02/09
Contacts: Jeff Fontana, BLM , 530-252-5332  
  Heidi Perry, USFS , 530-252-6604  
News Release No. CA-N-10-14

Late Fall, Winter Prescribed Burning Planned on Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management and the Lassen National Forest have started fall/winter burning programs in Northeastern California. Burning will take place when weather conditions allow for safe and efficient burning. Area residents and visitors can anticipate seeing smoke and fire equipment activity associated with the following projects:

Bureau of Land Management 

The Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville will continue burning debris piles at the Stones-Bengard Project on Eagle Lake’s north shore. The slash piles were created during projects to reduce hazardous fuels buildup and improve wildlife habitat.
Crews from the Alturas Field Office will conduct slash pile burns at Cindercone, 10 miles south of Fall River Mills; Widow Peak, about 15 miles northeast of Fall River Mills; Dam, about eight miles south of Likely; and Aspen, about 15 miles east of Madeline.

Pile burning projects are also planned by the Surprise Field Office in Cedarville. The 11-Mile and Cowhead projects are six miles north of Fort Bidwell, the Fort Bidwell project is just west of the community of Fort Bidwell, and the Fandango project is on the north and south sides of Modoc County Road 9 near Fandango Pass. Two projects are planned for the Coppersmith Hills, about 12 miles south of Eagleville, and another is scheduled for the Cottonwood Mountains, about 18 miles south of Eagleville.

Lassen National Forest
Officials from the Almanor Ranger District have completed the bulk of their prescribed burning which was comprised of approximately 2000 acres of hand, machine, & grapple piles this fall. Officials will continue to burn additional piles from timber harvesting activities across the Almanor Ranger District throughout the fall/winter when weather conditions permit.
The Hat Creek Ranger District plans to underburn 700 acres along the Pittville Highway as well as 550 acres of machine piles by Cabin Springs, along the 17 Road. Crews anticipate burning approximately 250 acres of piles throughout the District after significant rainfall is received.
The Eagle Lake Ranger District will be treating approximately 1,500 acres to reduce hazardous fuels and reintroduce fire. Underburn projects will occur in the Grays Flat area (70 acres); Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest (200 acres); the west side of Crater Mountain (700 acres); the Dow Butte area north of Eagle Lake (300 acres); and in the Martin Springs area (250 acres). In addition to these treatments, approximately 700 acres of hand piles will be burned, once significant rain or snowfall has occurred.
Burning on all projects will take place on permissive burn days. Additionally, the agencies will coordinate with industry landowners, local air pollution control districts and agency managers in the areas surrounding the prescribed burn locations on burn days.
 “This collaboration effort will limit the amount of smoke in the air at any one time,” commented Tom Garcia, Fuels Officer for the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Agencies use prescribed fires to reduce the accumulation of fuels, which may feed catastrophic wildfires. These fuels include dead and fallen trees, dead branches and brush. Prescribed burning also allows plants to become healthier and stronger, renewing the food supply for animals. The fuels consumed by fire release nutrients back into the soil. 
Prescribed fires also are used to create Defensible Fuel Profile Zones; A DFPZ is an area where various treatments have been used to remove highly flammable fuels (vegetation). This reduces the fire threat and more closely mimics the natural fire regime. These DFPZs are constructed strategically to improve suppression efforts and increase protection of communities adjacent to national forest lands.
More information on prescribed fires is available from Lassen National Forest offices in Susanville, Chester and Fall River Mills, or from BLM offices in Alturas, Cedarville and Susanville, and the Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral.


Last updated: 12-17-2009