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Northern California District
Release Date: 04/23/12
Contacts: Jeremy Strait , (530) 224-2155 or  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 (  
News Release No. NC-12-48

Public Meeting Set on Prescribed Fire Options in Nature Preserve near Magalia

The U. S. Bureau of Land Management will accept public comments on issues that should be considered in a proposal to use prescribed fire to improve forest health and reduce wildfire risk in the BLM Nature Preserve near Magalia in Butte County.

Anyone interested can hear a presentation and provide comments in a community meeting set for Saturday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m., in the library of the Pines Property Owners Association, 14211 Wycliff Way, in Magalia.

Those unable to attend the meeting can send comments to Bureau of Land Management, 355 Hemsted Dr., Redding, CA, 96002, Attention: BLM Nature Preserve.  Comments can be sent via email to

“We will use comments on this proposal in developing alternatives to be considered in an environmental assessment for the project,” said Jennifer Mata, manager of the BLM Redding Field Office.

Working with cooperators in the area, the BLM is considering a fall 2012 prescribed burn to remove “ladder fuels,” the low-level dead and congested vegetation that can carry wildfire into the tree canopy.  The project would use low intensity fire to mimic the natural role of fire in forest ecosystems.

The BLM Nature Preserve covers about 123 acres near Magalia.  The prescribed fire proposal is being considered for about 65 acres.

For more information, contact Jeremy Strait, BLM fire mitigation and education specialist, at (530) 224-2155.


Northern California District   355 Hemsted Drive, Redding, CA 96002  

Last updated: 04-23-2012