The Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has announced the start of prescribed burning projects as fuels dry following the last rain. Burning is scheduled to begin Monday, March 9, and is expected to continue until about the middle of May, according to a Forest Service press release.

The Shasta McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has announced the start of prescribed burning projects as fuels dry following the last rain.

Burning is scheduled to begin Monday, March 9, and is expected to continue until about the middle of May, according to a Forest Service press release.

“The primary objective for prescribed burning is to reintroduce fire into the ecosystem while cleaning up slash from fuel reduction projects, reducing surface and ladder fuels,” the release states.

The prescribed fire program this spring will consist of underburning in the Dry Lake, Trout Creek and Bartle areas.

During prescribed burning operations, the Forest Service says smoke may be visible in the area, including along HWY 89 near Bartle, Harris Spring and Pilgrim Creek roads.

“The decision process for prescribed fire ignitions requires precise monitoring of site and weather conditions, and adheres to carefully determined site prescriptions,” according to the release. “Forest Service fuels/fire personnel continuously monitor these elements. Planned ignitions occur only if the conditions are conductive to meeting the goals of the project.”

Additional prescribed burning is planned for fall, when conditions are again favorable.

Specific project location information will be available at the McCloud and Mount Shasta district offices. For more information, contact the USFS McCloud District office at 964-2184, USFS Mount Shasta District office at 926-4511 or fuels program manager Heather McRae at 964-3770.