The Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will be prescribe burning 638 acres of piles across the district in the next two weeks. 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.
Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Planned project locations include at the McCloud, Sims and Ash Creek Stations, Sims Campground, Pollard Day Use site and at the Elk, Harris, Mudflow, Black Fox, Porcupine, Glover and Mountain Thin project areas located near the Mt. Shasta and McCloud areas.
“With the expected cool and wet weather this week, it’s a good time to conduct these prescribed burn projects,” explained Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist Heather McRae. “These projects are 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.”
Pre-ignition public notifications will be provided to local media outlets and will also be posted on the Forest’s www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF and www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF pages. Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted and some may see or smell smoke. People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local fire and government authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations. Specific project location information will be available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6239/