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Pile burning near Challenge; smoke impacts expected along LaPorte Road

Plumas National Forest firefighters are planning pile burning this week starting today, April near Challenge on the Feather River Ranger District, conditions permitting. The intent is to ignite approximately 10 acres of piles over the next two days near Dry Creek Road.

More seasonable weather and a drying pattern is improving conditions for pile burning across the forest this week.  Although snow continues to limit access.

Firefighters from Firestorm, the Tahoe National Forest and Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest will be providing support to Feather River Ranger District’s pile burning this week, including patrol through the weekend.

Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including Challenge along La Porte and Oregon Hill roads.  Short duration, minor smoke impacts are expected along La Porte, Oregon Hill 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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