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Ignition is underway on piles in the Lakes Basin area. Photo courtesy PNF

Forest Services provides pile burning update

The Plumas National Forest provided an update this morning, May 5, on its pile burning efforts on the Beckwourth and Feather River ranger districts.

Beckwourth Ranger District Pile Burning

Firefighters successfully treated 25 acres in Lakes Basin near Graeagle on May 4. Today, plans are to ignite approximately 13 acres of piles in the same area. Conditions have been described as “exceptional” this week.  As a result, firefighters may continue pile burning in the area over the weekend, in addition to patrols and monitoring.

Area residents and visitors should watch for increased firefighter traffic in the area over the next several days as work continues.

Feather River Ranger District Pile Burning

Firefighters successfully burned 45 acres of machine piles yesterday, May 4, on Mooreville Ridge above Sly Creek Reservoir.  Today they plan to continue ignitions on 40 acres in the same area.  Patrols and monitoring will continue through the weekend.

Piles can be seen burning near the sign for the turnoff to Frazier Falls on Gold Lake Road near Graeagle on the Beckwourth Ranger District. Photo courtesy PNF
Smoke is visible from the corner of Highways 70/89 near Blairsden/Graeagle. Photo courtesy PNF

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