BLM plans prescribed burns in NE California and NW Nevada, to prevent wildfire risk


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Pile of brush burns in snowy field.

ALTURAS, Calif. – Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management Applegate Field Office will conduct prescribed burns to reduce hazardous fuels in northeast California and northwest Nevada beginning in early October. Projects will occur only when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning.

“The prescribed burns will help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire associated with high fuel loading. They will improve firefighter safety and effectiveness in the event of a wildfire,” said Dereck Wilson, Northern California District Manager. “These burns will also help prevent wildfire damages to natural resources and communities within the Wildland Urban Interface, where homes are near public lands.” 

The first project, set for approximately Oct. 10, will be a broadcast burns on about 800 acres of BLM-managed public lands along the Hogback Ridge, south of Fall River Mills. Smoke will be visible throughout the Burney Basin, Big Valley, and to motorists on State Route 299.  

Additionally, prescribed pile burns will be implemented through the late fall, winter and spring, when adequate moisture is present. These projects will occur in Modoc County, northern Washoe County, northeastern Lassen County, and eastern Siskiyou County. Each project will be announced in advance. Northeast California prescribed pile burns are as follows:

  • Modoc Gulch, 4 miles southeast of Dorris: 850 acres of piled juniper
  • Vya, Nev. projects, 20 miles northeast of Fort Bidwell: 3,600 acres of piled juniper
  • Twin Lakes, 18 miles southeast of Cedarville: 700 acres of piled juniper
  • Rygrass Swale, 9 miles south of Alturas: 500 acres of piled juniper
  • XL, 3 miles northeast of Alturas: 30 acres of piled juniper
  • Dry Cow, 5 miles east of Madeline: 250 acres of piled juniper
  • Nelson Corral, 6 miles northwest of Madeline: 50 acres of piled juniper

These piles of brush, tree limbs and small trees are from projects to reduce hazardous fuels that could feed wildfires.

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.