The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is continuing efforts to implement the NorthWoods Deuce Vegetation Management Plan on Shasta Lake near Packers Bay south of O’Brien Mountain and west of Interstate 5. The main goal of this project is to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland-urban interface. The total project includes approximately 1,250 acres of prescribed fire operations and mechanical treatment which will enable future crews to conduct smaller prescribed fires throughout the area.
Project managers plan to conduct prescribed fire operations on up to 250 acres between Packers Bay and Halfway Cove starting March 18. “The project includes the initial use of prescribed fires to reduce amount of ladder fuels and dead vegetation across a landscape. Once the fuel load has been reduced, this plan allows for smaller prescribed fires to maintain a safe place for firefighters to work and better opportunities to control future wildfires,” explained Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist Andrew Spain.
Actual project initiation dates will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions. Smoke will be visible from many areas around Shasta Lake, along Interstate 5 near Bridge Bay, and north of Redding. Residual smoke may be visible for several days and project managers will be working with the Air Quality Management Board to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions.
Please direct questions or comments to Andrew Spain at the Shasta Lake Ranger Station at (530) 242-5548. To learn more about the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/stnf/.