QUINCY, CA — Work resumed today on the pile burning that started last week on the Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest.
Approximately 5 acres were treated last week near Concow Rim Road. The goal this week is to burn the remaining 45 acres of piles this week in preparation for tree planting for forest restoration later this winter. Today firefighters were able to successfully treat 10 acres of piles.
Additional fire management resources from other national forests in the area are assisting with the project. Pile burning is only occurring as conditions allow and ignitions are expected to continue through Thursday.
The Mount Hough Ranger District is planning to ignite approximately 10 acres of the Butterfly East Timber piles in Butterfly Valley tomorrow, conditions permitting.
Conditions are being monitored across the forest for opportunities for pile burning as part of fuel reduction efforts.
Smoke is expected to be visible but not have significant long-term impacts to nearby communities, including Meadow Valley and Quincy. Short duration, minor smoke impacts are expected along Highway 70 and neighboring forest roads.
Visibility on roads in the project areas may be reduced, especially early in the morning and late evening as smoke settles. Drivers in the area should use caution.
If weather conditions become unfavorable, including increased or gusty winds in the area, burning will stop until conditions improve. Firefighters will be monitoring conditions and the burning piles until fires are out.
For more information on the Plumas National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/USFSPlumas.