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Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002

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Shasta-McCloud Management Unit plans prescribed fire in Pilgrim Creek area

Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires 2017-18 Prescribed Fire
News – 4/23/2018

MCCLOUD, Calif. − The Shasta-McCloud Management Unit plans to initiate prescribed fire operations during the week of April 23-27, 2018 along the 13 Road between the town of McCloud and Pilgrim Creek area. The planned burned area is between forest roads 40N55 and 41N15 and approximately three miles south of the Mt Shasta Forest subdivision. Approximately 150 acres are scheduled to be burned.

“This goal of this project to simulate the natural role of fire in the ecosystem by conducting a prescribed fire underburn in a patchy mosaic pattern that will improve and protect forest health and vigor,” said McCloud Ranger District Fuels Officer Ben Hendricks.

The 13 Road, also known as Pilgrim Creek Road, will remain open during the burn, however, users should slow and take extra caution if there is smoke reducing visibility or workers along the roadside. Smoke will remain visible in the area until rains arrive possibly later over the upcoming weekend.

Prescribed fire 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.

Benefits of prescribed fire include:

  • 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.

For updated information regarding this prescribed fire, please call the McCloud Ranger District Office at (530) 964-2184 during normal operating hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by visiting the forest’s Prescribed Fire InciWeb page.

A pdf version of this release and map are available by visiting our Forest’s News and Events webpage.


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