Some of the piles the Forest Service hopes to burn on Dec. 14, weather permitting. Could be localized visibility issues from the smoke. Photo courtesy of USFS

PNF plans to burn piles off of Highway 70 near Quincy on Dec. 14

The Plumas National Forest announced that fire managers plan to conduct pile burning near the Mount Hough Ranger District Office and Highway 70, starting tomorrow, Dec. 14, conditions permitting. This area  is just north of Quincy.

Approximately 20 acres of piles are planned to be treated as part of fuel reduction.  Ignitions may continue through Thursday as conditions allow.

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.

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.”

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