BLM plans pile burns in NE California to reduce wildfire risk


The Bureau of Land Management

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A pile burn in snow.

SUSANVILLE, Calif.  – Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office will conduct prescribed pile burns to reduce hazardous fuels in northeast California beginning Thurs., Jan. 11, and continuing through Feb. 29, when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning. 

Prescribed pile burns are part of an overall strategy to mitigate wildland fire risk by removing fuels that promote high-intensity fire behavior. Removing ground litter through burning also increases landscape ecological health by freeing space for new plant growth, nutrient cycling and insect control.

The projects are planned for the Hog Fire burn area, along the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail, west of Susanville, and for the Bathtub Springs area near Horse Lake, north of Susanville. Each project will be carried out in accordance with a burn plan that specifies allowable weather and fuel conditions and the required personnel and equipment.

Project objectives also include enhancing firefighter and public safety, protecting natural resources and reducing wildfire risk within the Wildland-Urban Interface of public and developed areas.          

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.