BLM plans prescribed fire in Sacramento River Bend area

Wetlands among foothills. Photo by BLM.

REDDING, Calif. – Fire crews from the Bureau of Land Management are planning a prescribed burning project for Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area north of Red Bluff in Tehama County. Burning will take place only if weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning.

The prescribed broadcast burn will cover about 160 acres in the Paynes Creek Wetlands area about a mile northeast of the community of Bend, and about six miles northeast of Red Bluff.

The primary objective of the prescribed fire is to improve habitat for waterfowl and other species by removing dead grasses, overgrown cattails and overgrown tule plants. Removing the dead and overgrown plants will also reduce the risk of wildland fire and improve the scenery in the wetland area that is popular for fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other recreation.

Broadcast burns are low-intensity, carefully managed fires ignited to achieve specific resource objectives.  Operations are carried out in accordance with a burn plan developed and approved at multiple levels within the BLM.

The Paynes Creek Wetlands area is within the 19,750-acre Sacramento River Bend Area of Critical Environmental Concern that the BLM manages as an Outstanding Natural Area. The area provides extensive riparian habitat, and cultural resources which are remnants and clues about the region’s history and pre-history.

Located along the Pacific Flyway, the wetlands within the Sacramento River Bend provide important habitat for neotropical migratory bird species that breed in the Northern Hemisphere and then winter in the warmer climates of Central and South America. The area also provides habitat for native upland birds and mammals.

More information on the burning project is available from the BLM Redding Field Office, 530-224-2100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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Jeff Fontana