The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is planning to conduct prescribed fire projects Oct. 12 to Oct. 17 north and east of McCloud.

Plans for Oct. 12 include a 340-acre unit in the Harris Mountain area on the south side of the Harris Mountain Road (42N32).

The majority of the prescribed fire area is in T41N R2E Section 1.

The main goal of the projects, according to a news release, “is to reduce the severity of future wildfires through low intensity understory burns of vegetation on the forest floor which will provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. In addition, the prescribed burns will promote a diverse and more resilient forest and improve habitat for wildlife.”

Residents and visitors may see or smell smoke near the prescribed burn project areas. The Forest Service says “fires will be carefully monitored and done in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans identify the specific conditions under which burns may be conducted including the weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.”

As stated in the release, “Crews will be utilizing both hand and aerial ignition techniques. Smoke production could be two to four days after ignitions are complete and the estimated direction of smoke travel is to the south or southwest. Smoke may be visible from Mt Shasta Forest and the Pilgrim Creek Snowmobile Park, however impacts to surrounding communities are not anticipated.”

From Oct. 13 through Oct. 17 the following project units may be ignited, depending on weather and fuel conditions:

• Pilgrim Plantation unit, which is 339 acres and located east of the Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision in T40N R2W section 13. This unit is along the west side of the Pilgrim Creek Road and the south side of the Clear Creek Trailhead road (41N15). Crews will be utilizing both hand and aerial ignition techniques.

• Algoma unit, which is 407 acres and located east of McCloud off Highway 89 and Cattle Camp road (40N44). Crews will be utilizing hand ignition techniques only.

• Davis project, which is 45 acres and located in the Harris Mountain area on the south side of the Harris Mountain road (42N32) T41N R2E section 4. Crews will be utilizing hand ignition techniques only.

• Harris unit, which is 597 acres and borders the Pilgrim Creek road on the west side and the Harris Spring road on the north side in T42N R2E Southwest ¼ of section 31. Crews will utilize both hand and aerial ignition techniques.

Pre-planned prescribed fire projects may take place at specific locations across the Shasta-Trinity National Forest from October through June 2019.

For more information, including a map of these projects, go to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Prescribed Fires 2018-19 InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6239/.