The BLM plans prescribed burns in Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou and Butte counties


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REDDING, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management is planning prescribed pile burning projects for the fall and winter months on public lands in Shasta, Butte, Siskiyou and Trinity counties. Crews will ignite the pile burns only when weather and fuel conditions allow for safe and successful burning and smoke dispersion.

“All of these projects are part of our commitment to sustaining public lands important to our communities,” said BLM Redding Field Manager Jennifer Mata.  “We are committed to keeping public lands healthy, productive and accessible.”

In Siskiyou County crews will complete a 10-acre unit of pile burning near Humbug-Hawkinsville Road and Canal Gulch Road. This is a small portion of a 150-acre unit that was completed last year.

Fire crews will burn piles of brush and small trees near Lewiston in Trinity County on about 120 acres in designated burn units along Poker Bar, Lewiston, Rush Creek and Goose Ranch roads. The project is designed to reduce wildfire risk to the community and improve evacuation routes.

Also in Trinity County, crews plan to complete 80 acres of pile burning in the Reading Indian Creek area. The fire will improve oak woodland wildlife habitat and expand existing fuel breaks that help provide wildfire protection for the community.

In Butte County, a project in the Upper Ridge area is designed to reduce wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface, which is the area where homes are adjacent to wildlands. The project area covers about 15 acres.

Crews will also work on approximately 150 acres of pile burning projects to reduce hazardous fuels along recreational trail corridors in Shasta County. Project areas include the Sacramento River Rail Trail, Swasey Recreation Area, and other areas of public lands in the communities west and north of Redding.

All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with plans that specify allowable weather and fuel conditions, and required equipment and personnel to allow for safe and successful burning and smoke dispersion. Smoke may be visible from nearby communities during the projects.

More information is available by contacting the BLM Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100.

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.