Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Mendocino National Forest Prepares for Winter Prescribed Burning

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The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino National Forest:


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Hull Mountain within the Mendocino National Forest [Photograph taken by Matt LaFever]

This week officials on the Upper Lake Ranger District will begin prescribed burning on 452 acres of hand piles in the Lake Pillsbury area as weather and fuel conditions allow.

Locations of the piles (Township, Range, Section)

  • Lake Pillsbury Homesites piles: 18N 10W S 12, 13
  • Booth Crossing piles: 19N 10W S 27, 28, 34
  • Westshore piles: 18N 10W S 3, 4, 14, 15 19N 10W S 32

Fire managers conduct prescribed fire activities during the safest possible “burn windows” in the coming months. Numerous factors including wind, humidity, air quality, fuel moisture and availability of fire crew personnel must be met before crews are authorized to move forward with burning.

Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed fires are being conducted. Some smoke may be visible. People should not be alarmed as the fires are carefully monitored. Local fire and government authorities are notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout prescribed fire operations.

Prescribed fire, including vegetation cutting, removal and burning of piles and low-intensity understory burning, is an important tool for the Forest Service’s mission to reduce unnatural vegetation loading and restore natural fire regimes, which in the long-term help communities live more safely with fire.

Fire managers follow a risk-management approach when conducting these projects and mitigate impacts to local communities, residences and infrastructure.

Other opportunities may be identified when conditions are met. Additional updates on prescribed burning will be shared on Inciweb at https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/node/312597 and the forest’s social media on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MendocinoNF and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MendocinoNF.

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