During the month of February, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Trinity River Management Unit is planning to conduct a prescribed fire project to reduce fuel concentrations on National Forest System lands in the area of Musser Hill north and west of Highway 3 near Weaverville, California (see map at https://go.usa.gov/xdXps).
Project initiation dates are dependent upon several factors, including, but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions. Should it become necessary, the project ignition start date 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.
Unit 3 may be burned as conditions allow up to 96 acres and will involve hand ignition of surface fuels. The prescribed fire will create smoke that will be visible from many areas in Weaverville, East Weaver road, and Musser Heights road. Implementation is planned to take approximately 1-2 days 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.
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 Weaverville District Office at (530) 623-2121 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed on federal holidays.)