REDDING, Calif. — During the month of February, the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is planning to conduct prescribed fire projects to remove understory fuels on National Forest System lands in the area of Bear and Green Mountains near Jones Valley on the eastern side of Shasta Lake (see map at https://go.usa.gov/xd9ek).
Project initiation dates are dependent upon several factors, including, but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions. Should it become necessary, individual project ignition start dates may be delayed until later in the year for more favorable conditions. Fire managers will be working with Air Quality Management Districts to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions.
Multiple units may be burned as conditions allow up to 6,190 acres. The smaller unit is 90 acres and is located near Bear Mountain south of Mariner’s Point Campground and will involve hand ignition of ground fuels. The larger unit is on the southeastern slope of the Green Mountain peninsula and will consist of 6,100 acres and will involve a combination of hand and aerial ignitions with helicopters.
The prescribed fires will create smoke that will be visible from many areas in the eastern portion of Shasta Lake, along Interstate 5 near Bridge Bay, Highway 299 towards Round Mountain and the Silverthorn and Jones Valley areas. Implementation is planned to take approximately 1-3 days for each project and smoke may continue to be visible through the following few days.
The objective of these projects is to return fire into the ecosystem to help restore health to the forest. Additionally, firefighters are creating areas where we can more effectively engage and suppress wildfires with the intent of protecting communities and public.
Due to the aircraft involved and to prevent interference with ground operations, the public is reminded to refrain from operating any drones in the area for the duration of the prescribed burn. For more information on proper use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) please visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Pre-ignition public notifications will be provided to local media outlets and will also be posted on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6603, the Forest’s Facebook www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF and Twitter www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF pages. For more information, please call the Shasta Lake District Office at (530) 275-1587 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed on federal holidays.)