REDDING, Calif. — The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is planning to conduct a prescribed fire project to remove understory fuels on National Forest System lands in the area of Green Mountain near Jones Valley on the eastern side of Shasta Lake March 5-6, 2020. The project unit is located on the southeastern slope of the Green Mountain peninsula located between the Pit River and Squaw Creek Arms of Shasta Lake. Multiple units may be burned as conditions allow up to 3500 acres.
The Green Mountain project began in 2003 and has seen several prescribed fire treatments this year and in past years. By continuing to apply prescribed fire to the area, a more fire resilient ecosystem is being created. These fire resilient ecosystems are beneficial for a variety of species such as wild turkey, deer and elk. Additionally, firefighters are creating areas where we can more effectively engage and suppress wildfires with the intent of protecting communities.
The project initiation date is dependent upon several factors, including, but not limited to favorable weather and site conditions. Fire managers will be working with Air Quality Management Districts to ensure compliance with air quality regulations and health and safety conditions.
The prescribed fire 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 and smoke may continue to be visible for several days.
The project will involve a combination of hand and aerial ignitions with helicopters. 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 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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