The Plumas National Forest reported that firefighters were successful today, Dec.14, completing 7 acres of the planned 20 to be treated with pile burning near the Mount Hough Ranger District office. Plans are, conditions permitting, to continue the work tomorrow.
Smoke was visible north of Quincy and in the surrounding area this afternoon. Drivers should watch for smoke settling into low-lying areas along Highway 70 and area Forest roads this evening and early tomorrow and use caution.
Firefighters are continuing to monitor the piles and current conditions to ensure this fuel reduction treatment is done safely.
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 the area as we continue fuel reduction and treatment,” said Mount Hough District Battalion Chief Joseph McGinn. “Care is being taken in this area as we begin pile burning and transitioning to winter and spring openings for prescribed fire treatments.”