It’s Officially Fall, Which Means It’s Time for Some Prescribed Burns in the Six Rivers National Forest

This is a press release from the Six Rivers National Forest:

EUREKA, California, September 28, 2017 – With the arrival of fall weather, the Six Rivers National Forest is transitioning to prescribed fire season. This means the forest will be implementing safe and effective use of prescribed fire when the conditions are favorable.

The Six Rivers National Forest has worked closely with the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership, the Trinity County Collaborative Group, and the Smith River Collaborative to develop projects that will promote safer, healthier, and more resilient landscapes, while boosting local economic opportunities. With the use of prescribed fire and other treatments (including timber harvest), the Six Rivers National Forest aims to reduce the severity of fires around people and homes, while ensuring for firefighter safety.

“During this long and busy fire season, previous years’ prescribed burns helped firefighters gain an advantage. Those areas served as strategic fuel breaks to slow the fire’s progression and created safer, low intensity fire. Although not a new concept, people are recognizing the tremendous benefits from prescribed burns. Given this great fall weather, as we shift from fighting the wildfires, we will focus our attention to lighting our prescribed burns,” says Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr.

Prescribed burning is anticipated in the following locations:

Smith River NRA-Gasquet District

Understory burns:

·         22 acres in the Big Flat Project, located near the community of Big Flat

·         14 acres on Gordon Hill Project, located off French Hill Road-above Gasquet

·         15 acres on Pappas Flat Project, located off Gasquet Mountain Road-near Gasquet

Pile burning:

·         36 acres within the Gordon Hill Project

·         2 acres within the Hiouchi Fuelbeak Project

·         33 acres within the Big Flat Project

Orleans/Ukonom Ranger Districts

Understory burns:

55 acres within the Roots and Shoots Cultural Burn Project

200 acres within the Hazel project area, approximately 5 miles southwest of Orleans, up Forest Service Road 10N13.

130 acres within the OCFR Project

Pile burning:

150 acres within the OCFR Project

Lower Trinity Ranger District

Understory burning:

·         50 acres within the Waterman Project

Pile burning:

·         50 acres within the Sims Project

·         10 acres within the Mill Creek Project

·         10 acres within the Happy Camp Mountain Project

·         5 acres within the Plantation Thin Project

Mad River Ranger District

Understory burning:

·         115 acres – Beaverslide Units 161 & 162

Pile burning:

·         57 acres – Lost Creek Timber Sale – BD

·         15 acres machine piles – Grizzly Mountain

·         16 acres – Van Duzen Unit 3

Prior to any burning, the forest works with the National Weather Service and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties) and the Northeast Air Alliance (Siskiyou County) to ensure compliance with state and federal burning regulations.

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11 comments

  • Apparently we have not put up with enough smoke this year.

  • Maybe they can wait for the forest fires to get out and the air quality to improve!

  • Isn’t it still a little too dry to be starting big fires? I won’t even have a fire in my fireplace yet.

  • I agree with Chris and Shel. We need breathing air. We need to recuperate. Not just we homo sapiens, but also all other mammals and the fowl.
    Why weren’t/aren’t the government legislators consulting the private property owners, business owners, voters, and asking for permission to refill their lungs with smoke and tar?

    • If you can’t deal with smoke then don’t live in a heavily forested area. Pretty simple. Animals can cope just fine, just as they always have.

      In entirety this is what, less than a thousand acres of prescribed burns? Around 200,000 acres have burned this summer in northwest California.

      • Aww, so sweet of you to be so thoughtful of all life forms. What’s another smoke drift on the wind when we’ve already had so many drifts our lungs won’t heal for a long long time.
        Oh give me a home, where the buffalo choke and the deer and the antelope pray, isn’t exactly my type of song. But, hey, to each it’s own. It’s too bad the animals can’t speak for themselves, I’m sure they’ll completely agree with you. Not.

    • I get a kick out of the fact that they’re restricting people from having wood burning heat in the cities to combat pollution and global warming, then they turn around and want to burn thousands of Acres of forest land to help protect people from the effects of global warming…

  • Good, the prescribed burns are critical to avoiding the massive blow outs we’ve had in the last 10 to 15 years. They should be doing much more, the native Americans used to burn huge swaths every year, but I also appreciate their cautious approach.

  • Stop clearcutting NOW.

    Tell the “timber industry” to stop clearcutting. Loo at satelite images of the Pacific Northwest right now, they’ve quietly ramped up clearcutting to horrifying degrees. It makes clearcuts by pot growers look miniscule.

  • What part of forest health,and fuels reduction do you hippies not understand.if you don’t like smoke move to mars perhaps they sell weed there,oh that’s right you smoke all day long……duh

  • What part of forest health and fuels reduction do you [edit] not understand, to avoid catastrophic fires we need to reduce decadent fuel loads, move to mars maybe they sell weed there. You breathe pot smoke everyday into your lungs why bitch about smoke now.Long live the CHUMP

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