Pile burning planned for Greenhorn, Butterfly Valley beginning Wednesday

Plumas National Forest fire managers plan to conduct pile burning beginning Wednesday Jan. 4, in Greenhorn Ranch and Butterfly Valley, conditions permitting.

Approximately 17 acres of piles are planned to be treated as part of fuel reduction.  Treatment is expected to start at the landings in Greenhorn Wednesday morning, then shift to Butterfly East timber piles as early as Thursday.  Ignitions may continue through Friday as conditions allow.

The piles at both locations are very large and may produce smoke for several days.  Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to communities.  Short duration, minor smoke impacts are expected to the communities around Quincy, as well as on Forest roads and Highway 70 in the area.

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

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Burning will only take place on burn days established by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District.

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.

“We appreciate the patience of residents and visitors in Greenhorn Ranch and Butterfly Valley as we continue fuel reduction and treatment,” said Mount Hough District Battalion Chief Joseph McGinn.  “The ongoing work in these areas is improving fuel conditions and helping protect our local communities.”

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