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Pile burning continues near Butterfly, weather permitting

Plumas National Forest firefighters are continuing to burn piles in Butterfly Valley today following successful treatment last week. The intent is to ignite approximately 18 acres near Blackhawk Road on the Mount Hough Ranger District, conditions permitting.

Wet weather over the weekend was favorable and conditions this morning were good.  However, conditions are being monitored closely due to a chance for possible winds and scattered thunderstorms this week. Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including Meadow Valley and Quincy.  Short duration, minor smoke impacts are expected along Highway 70 and neighboring forest roads.

Visibility on roads in the project areas may be reduced, especially early in the morning and late evening as smoke settles.  Drivers in the area should use caution.

If weather conditions become unfavorable, including increased or gusty winds in the area, burning will stop until conditions improve.  Firefighters will be monitoring conditions and the burning piles until fires are out.

For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.

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