Two prescribed burns are being conducted on the Klamath National Forest today.
On the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District firefighters will be in the McKinley Peak area, 10 miles north of Fort Jones. 60 acres are planned for this burn and smoke may be visible from both Scott Valley and Yreka. This burn is part of a ridgetop fuel break from Yreka to Scott Bar Mountain. On the eastern side of the Forest, firefighters from the Goosenest Ranger district are also burning 60 acres, five miles north of Tennant. Motorists driving on Highway 97 will be able to see smoke from that project as well. This is part of the Thompson Ranch Wildland Urban Interface prescribed burn project. Prescribed fire is an important and effective way for fire managers to decrease fuels loadings, improve forest health, and enhance wildlife habitat in the ecosystems of the Klamath National Forest. These effects help to improve firefighter safety, defensibility of communities and forest resiliency during wildfires.