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Lassen Volcanic National Park Plans to Ignite Three Fall Prescribed Burns

Feather Publishing
9/15/2010

Lassen Volcanic National Park staff plans to ignite three fall prescribed fires due to favorable moisture and weather forecasts, beginning with the Crescent Prescribed Burn as early as September 16th.  “These projects are a high priority in order to protect the extremely valuable natural diversity

of the park’s forest communities.” said Superintendent Darlene Koontz.
The Crescent Prescribed Burn is located in the northwest corner of the park, south of the Manzanita Lake Campground and east of Manzanita Creek.  The 180 acre burn area will complete a 1,850 acre project initiated in 2009.
The remaining fall projects include the 1,300 acre GRII Prescribed Burn along the northern boundary of the park and the 528 acre Hole Prescribed Burn located just northeast of Raker Peak.  The GRII and the Hole Prescribed Burns will be second entries into these areas.
Many of the prescribed fire projects in the park need to be treated in a cyclic manner in order to mimic historic natural fire occurrence and maintain forest health.  The goal of these projects is to break up the buildup of fuels which have accumulated unnaturally with fire suppression. These forest communities evolve over time from natural fires burning at frequent intervals with low intensity.  The animals and plants thrive in these fire adapted ecosystems.  Young grass, forbs, and shrubs which come in after fires provide excellent forage for grazers such as deer.  Snags which are produced by single trees torching up provide excellent habitat for insects which in turn provide food for numerous bird species. Woodpeckers have been observed colonizing these snags after the fires and use them for nest cavities.

For more fire information, please contact Scott Isaacson at 530/595-4444 x
5162 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For general park information call 530/5995-4480 or visit the website
www.nps.gov/lavo.

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