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Feather River College will conduct a 4-acre prescribed fire on its campus this Friday, Oct. 28. Photo submitted

Four-acre prescribed fire planned for FRC campus this Friday

Feather River College will be conducting a four-acre prescribed fire in the upper portion of its campus this Friday, Oct. 28. This burn is designed to reduce fuels on the forest floor and make the campus forest more resilient to wildfire. FRC President Kevin Trutna said this burn will serve as an excellent training opportunity for students and other community members aiming to learn about the use of fire as a land management tool.

This is a planned fire that will be operating with CAL FIRE and Air Quality District burn permits, under the supervision of a Certified Burn Boss, and will be supported by staff from CAL FIRE and Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, along with engines, and staff, students, and volunteers from many other local organizations. Funding to support Feather River College forest health projects has been provided by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

Trutna said that he  is grateful to the many local and regional partners that are supporting these prescribed fire efforts and trainings in our community and beyond. If you wish to learn more about FRC’s prescribed fire educational opportunities and programs, you can visit the Environmental Studies Department website. FRC will begin enrolling for spring classes next week and will be offering courses in Fire Ecology and Management, Forestry, Basic Wildland Firefighter Training, and more. Other organizations in our community are also active in providing opportunities to learn about the use of prescribed fire. You can visit the Plumas County Fire Safe Council’swebsite to learn about the Plumas Underburn Co-op, future TREX (Prescribed Fire Training Exchange) Events, and more.

Local and regional partners include: The Watershed Training Center, CAL FIRE, USFS, Feather River RCD, Plumas County Fire Safe Council, Plumas Underburn Co-op, UCANR, CSU Chico’s Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, and more.

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