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Pile burning continues on the Plumas National Forest

Pile burning activities are continuing this week on the Plumas National Forest Beckwourth and Feather River Ranger Districts. After successfully treating the 38 acres of pile burning planned for the week thus far, firefighters will continue pile burning on approximately 30 acres in an additional unit on Gold Lake Highway near Graeagle on the Beckwourth Ranger District, conditions permitting.

On the Feather River Ranger District, firefighters are hoping to treat approximately 50 acres of large machine piles above Sly Creek Reservoir. Ignitions on both projects are expected to start this morning and could continue Friday.

Firefighters from Firestorm and the Mount Hough Ranger District will continue to provide support to the Beckwourth Ranger District’s pile burning this week, including patrol through the weekend.  Firestorm firefighters and Forest firefighting resources will be supporting pile burning on the Feather River Ranger District, including patrol.

Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including Graeagle and Blairsden on the Beckwourth Ranger District, and Feather Falls and Sly Creek Reservoir on the Feather River Ranger District.  However, Sly Creek Reservoir has not opened for the summer recreation season, so limited traffic is expected to be in the area and there should be minimal impacts.

Short duration, minor smoke impacts are possible along California State Highways 70 and 89, Gold Lake Highway and neighboring forest roads on the Beckwourth Ranger District.  Similar impacts are expected on roads near Sly Creek Reservoir on the Feather River Ranger District.

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.

“This has been a great week so far, with prime conditions for pile burning on the Beckwourth Ranger District Tuesday and promising conditions on the Feather River Ranger District,” said Plumas National Forest Deputy Forest Fire Management Officer Marty Senter.  “We look forward to continuing progress on fuel reduction across the Forest as conditions allow and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as our firefighters identify opportunities and get this work done safely.”

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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