The Shasta-Trinity National Forest announced on Oct. 18 that it is planning to conduct prescribed fire projects Oct. 18 to 22 north and east of McCloud.
The following project units may be ignited, depending on the weather and fuel conditions, according to a news release:
• Harris unit – 597 acres; 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.
• Davis project – 45 acres; 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.
• Algoma unit – 407 acres; located east of McCloud off Highway 89 and Cattle Camp road (40N44). Crews will be utilizing hand ignition techniques only.
As stated in the release, “The main goal of these projects 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 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.”
For more information, including a map of these projects, please visit the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Prescribed Fires 2018-19 InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6239/ or follow www.facebook.com/shastatrinitynf or www.twitter.com/shastatrinitynf.