On April 4 and 5 the Shasta-Trinity National Forest successfully conducted the Green Mountain prescribed fire operation to remove ground fuels on 1,350 acres of National Forest System lands on Green Mountain north of the Jones Valley area and northeast of the city of Shasta Lake, CA. The project was part of the Green Mountain Vegetation Management Project, which totals approximately 6,500 acres of prescribed fire.
As of April 10, 2017, 3,479 acres have been accomplished as part of a prescribed fire project this season on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Complete list of planned prescribed fire operations for Fall 2016 through Spring 2017.
There are many benefits to prescribed fire. Dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels that occur between ground fuels and tree crowns will be reduced within prescribed fire areas, making future fire suppression efforts safer while also enhancing habitat for species such as bald eagles, Shasta Salamanders, deer, elk and turkey. Prescribed fire and other restoration activities also improve recreational opportunities for Forest visitors by helping to maintain open space and vistas while reducing the chance of catastrophic fire close to popular recreation sites.
Annually, fire managers implement prescribed fire projects on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. These projects are part of a fuels management program. Each project has specific objectives involving reduction of hazardous fuels. The forest fuels and vegetation management program analyzes techniques to treat areas using a combination of methods.
One treatment option is mechanical thinning and application of prescribed fire to treat the residual slash. Following a mechanical thinning, sites may be prepared for prescribed fire which can involve piling material or constructing firelines (boundaries) for a broadcast fire application. A few other tasks involved in a prescribed fire application include; preparing a prescribed fire plan, assessing fuel conditions, reviewing weather forecasts prior to ignition, and setting up monitoring points. This briefly summarizes some of the prescribed fire aspects in the fire management program.
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest generally conducts prescribed fires between October 1 and June 1. Prescribed burning is usually started after the fall rainy season begins, and extends until the beginning of the summer season.
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