Planned prescribed burning locations in the Mt. Shasta area over the next two weeks include the McCloud, Sims and Ash Creek Stations, Sims Campground, Pollard Day Use site and the Elk, Harris, Mudflow, Black Fox, Porcupine, Glover and Mountain Thin project areas.

The Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will be prescribe burning 638 acres of piles across the district in the next two weeks.

The main goals of the projects, as stated in a news release, are “to reduce the severity of future wildfires and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface.”

Residents and visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted, and some may see or smell smoke, according to the release. “People should not be alarmed; the fires will be carefully monitored. Local fire and government authorities will be notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.”

Actual project ignition will depend upon local weather and fuel conditions.

Planned prescribed burning locations in the Mt. Shasta area over the next two weeks include the McCloud, Sims and Ash Creek Stations, Sims Campground, Pollard Day Use site and the Elk, Harris, Mudflow, Black Fox, Porcupine, Glover and Mountain Thin project areas.

“With the expected cool and wet weather this week, it’s a good time to conduct these prescribed burn projects,” explained Prescribed Fire & Fuels Specialist Heather McRae. “These projects are conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan to ensure the safety of people and property in the area. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts.”

Pre-ignition public notifications will be provided to local media outlets and will also be posted on the Forest’s www.facebook.com/ShastaTrinityNF and www.twitter.com/ShastaTrinityNF pages.

Specific project location information will be available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6239/.