BLM Plans RX Burns North of Eagle Lake

Heads up for smoke in the area, the BLM is planning prescribed fires north of Eagle Lake.

The Fire and fuels management crews from the Bureau of Land Management begin prescribed fire projects to reduce hazardous fuels and improve wildlife habitats starting as soon as October 5, and throughout the rest of the month.

Emily Ryan, manager of the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville says they will conduct these projects in compliance with our burn plans, and only when the weather allows for safe and successful burning.”

The broadcast fire will be conducted on over 300 acres across five separate areas north of Eagle Lake to reduce understory and hazardous fuels, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and provide protection for the community and improve firefighter safety in the event of a wildfire. You will be able to see smoke produced from the burns at the north shore of Eagle Lake and the Willow Creek Valley, and as you drive along State Route 139.

Projects such as these are part of the BLM’s fuels management program across the West that conducts a wide variety of active management vegetation treatments using mechanical, biological, and chemical tools, and prescribed fire. The program includes creating fuel breaks to protect resources and provide safe access for firefighters, reducing fuel loads by removing trees, shrubs, pinon-juniper, and invasive species, reducing fire risk near communities and infrastructure, targeted grazing, and using herbicide plus seeding to restore rangelands and break the fire-cheatgrass cycle.

More information is available by contacting the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office at 530-257-0456.