Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Mendocino National Forest starts spring burning

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST – As part of a continuing program to improve forest health, reduce hazardous fuels and protect communities, the Mendocino National Forest is preparing to implement the spring portion of this year’s prescribed burning program.


The transition from winter to the spring burning period occurs rapidly as weather conditions in Northern California can change the fuel moisture levels throughout the forest in a relatively short time frame, forest officials reported.


The ignition of all of the forest burns is dependent on personnel, weather and fuel conditions, which must meet stringent prescriptions and control factors.


Burns are conducted only with adequate fuel moisture levels, appropriate air temperatures, wind conditions and relative humidity levels. All burns will be monitored and patrolled frequently to ensure they meet the goals and objectives outlined by managers.


Over the next few months, the public may see smoke in various parts of the national forest. Generally, the spring burning program extends from March through May.


The following is a list of prescribed burning projects that may occur this spring as weather conditions provide opportunities.


Upper Lake and Covelo Districts

  • Lake Pillsbury – 50 acres (pile burning)

  • Along Elk Mountain Road – 100 acres (pile burning and under burn)

  • Howard Mill – 300 acres (under burn)

  • Howard Lake – 174 acres (under burn)

  • High Valley – 185 acres (pile burning)

  • Horse Mountain – 545 acres (pile burning)

  • Pine Mountain – 26 acres (under burn)

  • In the vicinity of the 2005 Hunter Fire – 200 acres (pile burning)

  • Newhouse – 200 acres (under burn)

  • Tar Flat – 2256 acres (under burn)


Grindstone Ranger District

  • Long Point – 215 acres (helitorch)

  • Doe Peak – 200 acres (helitorch)

  • Alder Springs – 400 acres (under burn)

  • Oak Ridge – 200 acres (under burn)

  • Trough Springs – 50 acres (under burn)


For additional information, please contact Matt Ellis, Grindstone fuels technician, 530-934-1135, or Terry Nickerson, Upper Lake/Covelo fuels technician, 707-275-1440.


More information on prescribed burning is available online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino.


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