Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
WEAVERVILLE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2017 - The Trinity River Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Watershed Center are planning to conduct two prescribed fires on Nov. 1 and 2. The project is titled Five Cent Wildlife Enhancement Burn and Weaver Basin Community Protection, and is located two miles north of Weaverville in the Community Forest area. The project consists of two understory burns, one on National Forest System Lands that is 97 acres, and the other approximately 60 acres on private lands.
“This is a unique opportunity to work with the Watershed Center and private landowners to reduce hazard fuel build-up in order to decrease the threat posed by future wildfires and improve the resiliency of forest landscapes,” said Lara Graham, Fuels Planner on the Trinity River Management Unit.
All project start dates are dependent upon several factors, such as favorable weather and site conditions. Fire Managers will be evaluating conditions and working with the Air Quality Management Board to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions. Test burns will occur prior to igniting any entire unit to monitor fire behavior and smoke lift and dispersion.
Reduce hazard fuel build-up: Dead wood, overcrowded, unhealthy trees, thick layers of pine needles, and continuous decadent brush fields can all contribute to catastrophic wildfires in the forest or adjacent to communities.
Prepare the land for new growth: When excess vegetation or needle layers are burned off, nitrogen and other nutrients are released into the soil and become available for new plants to grow.
Help certain plants/trees germinate: Many native plant and forest communities have adapted to fire for their germination and growth. Seed contact with bare soil (such as that exposed by a fire) is necessary for some species to naturally regenerate.
Create diversity needed by wildlife: Fire creates a varied land and vegetation pattern that provides diverse habitat for plants and animals. Grazing wildlife benefit from new growth as shrubs produce succulent edible leaves when re-sprouting after a fire.
Fire information can be obtained by visiting https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5636/ or calling the Public Information Officer Josef Orosz at (530) 226-2322.
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