BLM plans prescribed fire near Stones-Bengard community at Eagle Lake

Firefighter lights prescribed burn in woods. Photo by BLM.SUSANVILLE, Calif. – Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a prescribed fire project this spring on public lands north of the Stones-Bengard community at the north shore of Eagle Lake in Lassen County.

“This project is designed to reduce hazardous fuels, which helps to protect the community from wildfire,” said Brian Novosak, manager of the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville.  “The project will also improve forest health and wildlife habitat by removing dead and decadent understory growth.”

The project will cover 300 to 400 acres in a ponderosa/Jeffrey pine forest west of California State Route 139 near the Cleghorn Road.  The fire will be low-intensity, removing brush and small trees.

Crews will light the fires only when weather allows for safe and successful burning. Burning could take place over several days beginning in early May and continuing into June.  Residents in north Eagle Lake communities can expect to see smoke for two to three days after burning operations end.

Additional information is available by contacting BLM Fuels Specialist Eric Kronner at 530-252-5389 or by email at

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.

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