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Klamath Prescribed Burning 2015-2016

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Happy Camp / Oak Knoll Burn Notification
Contingent upon weather conditions meeting burn plan prescriptions, the Happy Camp / Oak Knoll Ranger District will implement the following 1.5 acre Howard Gulch Machine Piles burn project Thursday,.. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 2/10/2016

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Fall Burns Planned to Reduce Hazardous Fuels and Improve Forest Health


Although still engaged in the latter portion of the 2015 fire season, the Klamath National Forest would like our cooperators and public to know we are beginning preparations for fall prescribed burning. The 2015 fire season provided significant firefighting challenges. In order to meet future challenges in the most effective way possible, the Forest will continue to use prescribed burning as a tool in our mission to reduce build-up of hazardous fuels, restore forest ecosystems, and improve resiliency and safety of communities within the wildland urban interface. Planned projects include burning piles of stacked materials and low to moderate intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor. The main goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest, and improve habitat for wildlife. The burns will take place on the Salmon/Scott River, Happy Camp/Oak Knoll and Goosenest Ranger Districts between now and March 2016. The actual dates of ignition will depend on local weather and fuel conditions. All prescribed fire projects will be conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel, and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts. Visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted. Some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke. They may also witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.Following is a list of prescribed fire projects (with acreage and locations) currently planned for this Fall:

Scott River Ranger District - Scott Bar Mountain Underburn and Habitat Improvement - 280 acres - approx. location Scott River Rd. and Scott Bar Mountain Rd., Ft. Jones
Successfully burned Block 8C for 19 acres (10/22/15)
Successfully burned Block 4C for 21 acres (10/23/15)
When conditions are favorable ignitions will continue.

The following are the RX accomplishments of Scott River Fuels Department for the week of 11/16-20/15:

Brat Rat 538-27 (Edsel Area) - 10 acres

Brat Rat 505-28 (Roo Area) - 24 acres

Edsel 535-22A - 25 acres

Edsel 535-22B - 2 acres

Edsel 535-22C - 16 acres

McBaldy 540-33 -2 acres

McBaldy 540-34 -7 acres

McBaldy 540-117 -15 acres

McBaldy 540-118 -10 acres

TOTAL=111 Acres
When conditions are favorable ignitions will continue.







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