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Pile burning this week in Butterfly Valley near Quincy

Plumas National Forest firefighters are planning to start pile burning this week in Butterfly Valley near Quincy, with ignitions possible as soon as today, April 10. The intent is to ignite approximately 150 acres of piles between April 10 and April 17 in Butterfly Valley on the Mount Hough Ranger District, conditions permitting.  Today the goal is to treat approximately 20 acres.

More seasonable weather and a drying pattern is improving conditions for pile burning this week. Firefighters from Firestorm and MP Forestry from Medford, Oregon, will be providing support to pile burning this week.

Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including Butterfly Valley, Keddie, Meadow Valley, Quincy, and the surrounding area.  Depending on winds, smoke may be visible in the Mount Hough and Indian Valley areas.  Short duration, minor smoke impacts are expected along Highway 70, neighboring forest roads and possibly Highway 89.

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.

“Conditions are looking great for firefighters to start work on pile burning and fuel reduction,” said Plumas National Forest Fire Management Officer Mitch Wilson.  “There is a lot of work still to be done in the Butterfly Valley area and we are hoping to continue this critical work out there with the support of our local communities.”

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


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