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Northern California District
Release Date: 04/29/14
Contacts: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or Tim Jones (707) 498-7623    
News Release No. CA-N-14-48

BLM Prescribed Burn will Benefit Natural Resources, Fire Investigation Trainees

The Bureau of Land Management plans to burn piles of invasive beach grass at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area, South Spit Humboldt Bay, on Friday, May 2, in a project designed to improve habitat conditions and train fire investigators.

The burn will be conducted only if weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning.

Firefighters from CAL FIRE, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Six Rivers National Forest will participate.

During the week of May 5, students in an interagency fire cause and investigation class will use the area for exercises focused on determining where and how fires started.   CAL FIRE and the Six Rivers National Forest are putting on the course.

Crews from the California Conservation Corps helped the BLM pull and pile the beach grass in projects to improve beach dune habitat. Controlling invasive weeds such as European beach grass improves conditions for the endangered Humboldt Bay wallflower and the western snowy plover, a threatened shorebird. 

The prescribed burn will be conducted under a strict weather prescription detailed in a prescribed fire burn plan.   The BLM will conduct all burning under approved conditions permitted by the North Coast Air Quality Management District.

For more information, contact BLM Fire Management Officer Tim Jones, (707) 498-7623.


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Last updated: 04-30-2014