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Howard Forest Burn Piles Scheduled—Expect Smoke in the Area for the Next Two Weeks

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The following is a press release issued by the CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit:


Firefighters conduct pile-burning operations in the Westshore Project area near Lake Pillsbury, Upper Lake Ranger District. Cool temperatures and rainy days offered ideal conditions to complete 15 acres prescribed fire with low intensity fire. Photo credit: Will Marcks/Mendocino National Forest

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Mendocino Unit personnel plan to conduct burning of approximately 20-25 piles of vegetative matter, at CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Headquarters, 17501 N. Highway 101, Willits. The pile burns are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 and continue periodically through Saturday, November 4, 2023. Smoke will be visible in the area.

The pile burns will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents. If there are any indications that the pile burn cannot be conducted in a safe manner, such as high winds or local fire activity, the pile burn will be cancelled.

For information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org. DATE OF RELEASE: October 24, 2023


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  1. I know forest management is supposed to be good and all but I halfway think forest maintenance is just part of the greenwashing agenda that uses the old noble “Native Americans used fire” adage to seem altruistic. Indigenous burning was nearly always done in valleys to keep grassy areas open for deer ( fenceless pasture if you will)

    I believe we should respect our earth, and I believe in Indigenous science, but as long as we blame “the climate ” we let the CORPORATIONS off the hook. Hawaii or Redwood Valley, our fires were started by energy companies and THEIR lack of maintenance around their equipment. Not by overgrown forests.

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